Tuesday, April 1, 2008

April Fools Day

I was ten years old when Kelly came home from the dentist looking as though she was sucking on a large jaw breaker. Her lips barely touching as she sat there with her mouth shut.

"What do you have in your mouth?" I asked my sister. "Did you steal one of my jaw breakers!?"

She unfolded her mouth into a smile and there it was! Not a jaw breaker but a glistening wire retainer.
"I need to wear a retainer now," she said. "And it hurts!"

"Let me see it again."
She leaned toward me so I could get a better stare.

I thought it was the coolest thing.

So one day during 5th grade, just before Show-And-Tell, I unfolded a paper clip and wrapped it around the front of my teeth. I went up in front of the class and slightly smiled to show everyone that I went to the dentist and he gave me a retainer to wear.

I tilted my head forward and moved slowly around the class so they could all see a bit of the paper clip wrapped around my teeth.

"Shawn?" asked Mr. Larson. "Is that really a retainer?"

I instantly felt ashamed and embarrassed.

"No. It's. It's.. It's..." I struggled for the words.

"It's ... It's HAPPY EARLY APRIL FOOLS DAY!!!!!!!"

It was in November.


Janet said...

HaHaHaHa! I wish I had been in your class!

doodlegirl said...

Oh Janet! We woulda been the best of friends! I just know it!

danny said...

That is sooo funny shawn! and so YOU...if I had been in the class, I would have gotten the April Fools joke!

Doodlestreet said...

Ahhhh hahahahahaha! OMG! That is so incredibly adorable! I can so see you doing that then...well...actually, now that I know you better, I can kinda still see you doin' that now (to a select group), and I love that about ya! :o)

Great great story...

doodlegirl said...

ha! i guess none of us really change all that much mischievousness from childhood into adulthood, huh?! I see myself as so bashful, but I was an extrovert at the same time.

ValGalArt said...

yer so cute!

ValGalArt said...

yer so cute!