Now that I have been busted (umm, literally, as in 'busted upside the head by a projectile'), I can reveal the Practical Joke, which concluded yesterday.
On Thursday, Auntie Tobhiyah had to pick up 12 year old Alicia Ann at cheerleading practice; bless her 12 year old heart, she was running a fever. Her fever responded to ibuprofen, and bed rest, and popsicles; but I kept her out of school on Friday anyway. I emailed her teachers to let them know why she was out, and one of them replied that this wasn't the way her Fall Break should start.
Well, I had forgotten that Fall Break was happening, and that's what gave me the idea.
I thought maybe my gift-from-God, happily-ever-after trophy wife Vanessa, the elegant, foxy, praying black grandmother of Woodstock, GA, had forgotten about Fall Break as well, and I could use this as an opportunity to play a practical joke on her, what with being an Evil Genius.
I was wrong about her forgetfulness, but what we did worked anyway:
Alicia, and her older brother Kenneth, and I conspired together!
I found a couple of ‘QUARANTINE / Medical Warning’ documents online, and with appropriate changes made up our very own QUARANTINE posters. Kenneth taped one to the mailbox, and the other to the front door, with pink Day-Glo duct tape, exactly the same kind of tape that the Health Department uses (I'm sure).
My judicious use of large orange type and medical / legal jargon, as in:
"Cherokee County Sheriff has been granted a waiver of habeas corpus in this case, until pathology, immunohistochemistry records and specimens; radiology records and films including ..." (blah blah blah),
amplified the message that "minor child ALICIA ANN EMIOHE is not permitted to return to school until September 24, 2018. "
Which happens to be true.... because FALL BREAK! Get it?
It was a GREAT practical joke, of the kind where I could make certain TRUE statements to support the hoax. Such as:
- "I wasn't able to get her to the doctor, but there are these helpline numbers you can call and talk to a nurse."
- "She absolutely cannot return to school until September 24!"
- "No, I PROMISE you I did not put those notices on the mailbox and on the door!" (That WAS true; Kenneth put them there, not me!)
It worked long enough to take Vanessa out of her end-of-the-workweek routine. That was an added benefit, as her office has been an aggravating place recently.
I believe comic relief is always appreciated; sometimes, the appreciation just takes longer to manifest. In this case, I'm guessing appreciation manifests maybe by the time Alicia graduates. From her Ph.D. program.
And, here is the evidence; the reason the document in the top picture is rumpled is because the picture was taken after she had wadded up the sign and hit me in the head with it.
The MAILBOX poster
The FRONT DOOR poster
And we are all happy now, because, after all IT's FALL BREAK!!!
Peace be on your household.