It was about 10 years ago that I experienced my first major April Fool’s Day sting. I was working in an office with 4 other ladies – all younger than me.
Before I talk about how I was caught by an April Fool prank, I need to give you some background.
Working with girls who were young enough to be my daughters certainly kept me young in mind. However, they thought I was young in body as well!
They would book me into bootcamps with them and encouraged me to start running at the age of 50! Now for me, I had never run before but they were so enthusiastic that I went to the bootcamps and training regularly and yes I actually ran a half marathon at 50!
I look back on those years with fond memories – and funnily enough I can even laugh at the April Fool’s Day prank even though at the time I was ‘devastated’ 🙂
Okay so background is set – we got into exercise and running as a group.
Jump to April Fool’s Day one year later….
It was an ordinary morning and I had actually forgotten it was April Fool’s day. We chatted over our morning coffee as usual and it was a day like any other day in our work life.
Enter our manager (the owner of the business). …..
‘Wow! I’ve received an email’ she said, ‘and I think you should all take a look’. She forwarded the email to us and it was a request from a Training Magazine to write an article on our running group and how business should be promoting health.
Well I can’t describe the excitement I felt…… we would need hair and makeup done of course, for the photo shoot, it could lead to speaking engagements, books, a clothing line……the list of what this exposure would bring was endless!
I jumped on the phone to my husband and then the kids and told them about this great opportunity and my newfound celebrity status.
I’m not sure I got much work done that day not with the visions of grandeur floating around in my head!
I didn’t notice that the manager was becoming quieter and quieter and the colour draining from her face. We were too caught up in the excitement of a stardom and a front-page spread.
The morning passed quickly and by then I’d practically had us with interviews on television, radio and other magazines (in my mind of course!).
The next morning, the manager dropped the bomb! ‘It was an April Fool’s prank!’
‘But how could that be’? we cried! We had seen the email from the company – it looked legit – but some clever and creative IT work had been undertaken and it was in actual fact not legit after all.
My world crashed down around me – along with the speaking circuit, the book promotions and television show (I forgot to mention that above – I was thinking about doing an Australian version of Oprah! LOL:))
Why didn’t she tell us it was a prank earlier? Well we had all become so carried away that she didn’t have the heart to disappoint us or the courage to tell us I think!
This was a prank, that although innocent, got completely out of control and I don’t think she planned another for quite some time.
I can laugh about it all now but I’m surprised at how disappointed I was at the time.
Have you ever played a prank or been on the receiving end of an April Fool’s joke?
Let’s Keep Sizzling!
This post was written for #FridayReflections….