After reading our five year old son a few April Fools Day books, he came up with a splendid idea. “Can I have an April Fools Party?”
He loves making people laugh and spreading joy. Before he turned three he could sing “Accentuate the Positive” independently and clearly knew the meaning. Every time we were having a bad day he would belt out “You’ve got to accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative” from the back seat. How could anyone not smile?
So, our little positive motivator decided on the day before April Fools Day that he wanted to have an April Fools party. He asked Daddy. Daddy said if you help Mom clean the house. As 3:00 p.m. approached and he had not only picked up his toys but also cleaned the bathrooms, windows, in short helped with the whole house, Mom thought we better invite some people because he had clearly done his part. Mom was a bit concerned. How many people would come with not even a whole day’s notice? He of course wanted to invite the whole world to make everyone happy. He started making calls with Mom’s help and asked each person to bring their favorite joke.
The next morning, he waited by the front door with great anticipation. For thirty minutes, Mom’s heart broke as no one arrived. (I try not to be fashionably late after this experience.) He started praying for a miracle and a few at a time people started to show up. In the end, he had over 30 friends show up for his last minute party.
His two jokes were:
“What do you call a sleeping bull? A bulldozer” and his original, “What do you call an excavator on the ceiling?” No answer but if you heard his laughter you would have thought someone had just told the best joke in the world.
We learn so much from our children. Wouldn’t the world be so much better if we each did our part to make our corner a little happier?
Books make the world better. One April Fools Book started a 5 year old on a mission to bring joy to others. A few good April Fools books available at the library are:
April Foolishness by Teresa Bateman (Albert Whitman & Co. 2004)
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April Fools! (HarperFestival 2002)
For more book recommendations, go to Book Search where you can search by holiday, habit, child’s name and more.
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