Sunday, 1 April 2012

The One About April Fools...

When I was seven my family moved to France.  We lived in a three storey house in what the french called a square, but actually it was a triangular shaped pedestrian area, with space for parking underneath the houses in the basement.  In this square there were quite a few other non-french families with children that we used to play with.  There was an American family living next door, South Africans further down our row, a Danish family on the row opposite and a British family at the very end with a little girl in the same class as my sister.

As none of our family were fluent in french we did what most of the other families did and got a satellite dish put on the outside of the front of the house.  I don't know what we'd have done without sky TV, (probably learnt more french!)  Anyway early one morning, on the first of April, when we were trying to get ready for school, the phone rang.  I got to the phone first, and it was the mother of the little girl across the square.  She was ringing to tell me that there was a really big black crow, the size of an eagle sat on the satellite dish outside, and she'd never seen one so big before.  As I was only 7 I hadn't quite put together the fact that the first of April was April Fools day and people would play silly jokes!  So I went running off to tell my mum about the big bird, leaving the other mum on the end of the phone.  Of course my mum soon put me right and explained what April Fools Day was!  I think that is one of the only times anyone ever played an April Fool on me!

This story was brought to you as part of Sian's Storytelling Sunday.  Make sure you pop over to her blog  to read everyone else's stories today.

10 comments:

Jimjams said...

LOL - once you've been caught out a few times you stay on your guard - I love looking for April Fool's jokes in the media but rarely manage to fool anyone myself!

Sian said...

Lol! It's "poisson d'avril" over there, isn't it? or did I just make that up..

A perfect little story for April Fools everywhere :)

Missus Wookie said...

I never remember to play jokes on the specific day but get caught out by at least a couple of friends normally. Fun story tho'! TFS :)

Ruth said...

Funny how you remember that story, thanks for sharing.

Abi said...

How sweet and funny!

Ginger said...

I honestly cannot remember my first April Fool's, this is a great story Gem :)

Alison said...

I'm pretty rubbish at 'April Fool' tricks...I remember having them played on me by children, when I was teaching-I always had to remember to appear totally 'fooled'! Lovely story Gem
Alison xx

Chipper said...

Gotta love a good April Fools joke :-) Certainly made a great memory.

Jane said...

a good April Fool's story Gem!

furrypig said...

how exciting an April Fool's joke in France!