Were you a victim of April Fool’s Day? asked my husband as were taking a walk around the park this morning.
No, not really because I was well on my guard, I said.
That was really wise of you. But sometimes pranksters prove smarter and you are taken unawares, he observed.
Quite true, a few did try but failed, I said with pride.
Did you fool anyone as you revel in it year after year, he said in his usual mischievous tone.
Oh, yes, quite a few of my friends did fall into my ‘fooling trap’ I said recollecting the previous day’s events.
I am sure you enjoyed their discomfiture, he said laughing.
Oh, yes, I did and was amused at their reaction which also was a revelation to me, I said.
What revelation are you talking about? I thought your friends knew you inside out and vice versa, he said tongue in cheek.
Yes, even I thought so but realized they too can be taken for a ride, sometimes, I said with a sense of triumph.
That’s interesting. Did you pull a fast one on them? He said suddenly slowing down his pace which meant he expected me to relate my experience in detail.
You know, I told my friend who is totally involved in her club’s activities that I had decided to accept an invitation from her president to join the Ladies club.
Did she believe you? he asked surprised.
Yes, without a doubt because she was trying to dissuade me, I replied.
Again, there were these writer friends of mine who took my invitation to dinner seriously and wished to know the occasion for hosting it, I said.
What did you say? He asked sounding concerned.
The way I invited them I knew they would land at our place and therefore reminded them to check the date!
Thank God ? he said relieved.
But wait, I must tell you ‘ the piece de resistance’ of my prank, I said recalling the expression on the face of the lady I was introduced to by a common friend at a meeting I attended.
Aye, what’s that ? I am sure you would have said something that would have shocked her beyond human comprehension, he observed.
Well, it all depends on the receiver, I remarked.
O.K.What did you say? He asked impatiently.
You know, after a time conversation turns to asking the inevitable questions, about marriage and children. So I told her I was married and had a large family of five children and a few grand children.
The reaction was not totally unexpected, you see, I said.
She composed herself in a minute and wished to know what my children were all doing.
I informed her about their names: Madras Mosaic, Feature Writing, Thematic show case, justlies, and LNR.
Who are your grandchildren that I don’t know of, asked my husband amused at what I said.
Well, the additions of the first two, I said smiling.
My husband let out a loud guffaw forgetting that we were in a public place!
n.meera raghavendra rao