October 23, 2011

Sharing Memories Week 43: Childhood Pranks

It's Week 43 of our Sharing Memories - A Genealogy Journey Please join us each Sunday as we share our memories of childhood. Your descendants will be thankful that you did! Share a memory here as a comment, or on your own blog, or in a private journal, but write! Leave a legacy for your children and grandchildren.

A recent conversation with my older sister made me think about all the pranks she and my brothers pulled when I was a kid. Not pranks directed at me, but just pranks that our mom and dad would not have appreciated had they known. I didn't really play pranks and I don't recall ever being a witness to one. I guess it was because I was so much younger than my two brothers, my sister, and my cousin Charlie. Charlie lived with us before I was born and he was only 10 days older than my oldest brother so he was one of the gang.

But my sister told me she and my brothers used to empty everything out of the fridge, remove the shelves, and climb inside to see how many could fit at once. Kids - DON'T TRY THIS!! It's very dangerous. I could hardly believe they did that! My sister said she was always surprised that mother never noticed that things were in a different spot in the fridge, but my mother worked outside the home all day and I suspect she was too tired at night to even realize things were moved.

My own children played hundreds pranks on me - hiding then jumping out at me from closets, hiding rubber spiders in my bed, balancing them on top of a half-closed door so that when I opened it the rubber bug would fall on my head and so many more that I think I will write another blog post just about that! You will be amazed at their creativity!

What pranks did you pull? What about your siblings? Did they get up to playing tricks or jokes on others?

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