Practical joke — (also known as a prank, gag, jape or shenanigan) is a mischievous trick or joke played on someone, typically causing the victim to experience, embarrassment, confusion, perplexity, or discomfort.
I experienced all the above on Saturday afternoon.
Linda calls me her friend . . . but I’m not so sure.
My husband and I had just come back from a B’nai Mitzvah (I’ll blog about THAT marvellous experience tomorrow!) and we were enjoying a relaxed afternoon together. I hadn’t checked my cell phone for hours but when I did, I noticed that Linda had texted me at 1:45.
Where are you? People are showing up for the book signing!!
At 4:21, Linda had sent me another text.
About 20 people so far. We’re serving snacks now.
I read the two texts at 5:30—and I freaked.
Let me explain.
I recently completed my first book, Sisters in the Son, and my wonderful friends decided to host a book-launching party for me at Linda’s house. The original date set for this special occasion was May 31st – this past Saturday. However, as the month of May unfolded, I realized that the book would not be ready because of formatting issues so reluctantly, I changed the date of the book-launching party to September 6. 2014. My friends sent out a second Evite, announcing the change of date.
I must admit that last week, the thought crossed my mind, “I sure hope everyone received the second Evite and they realize that the date of the book-launching party has been delayed. It would be terrible if people came on the wrong date!!” I double-checked to make sure my friend had indeed sent the second Evite, she reassured me that all was well and I went on with my days.
So, when I received Linda’s two texts late Saturday afternoon, I was indeed embarrassed, uncomfortable, perplexed and confused. Let’s face it – I was in a frenzy.
I quickly texted Linda back.
What???? I just got your text! It’s not until September! An Evite was sent out with the correct date!
Linda texted back.
We’re just wrapping up now. We’ve got a party to go to.
My worst nightmare had come true! All I could picture was Linda trying to deal with all these unexpected guests at a book-signing party where the author wasn’t present! When Linda hosts a party, she goes all out and I could only imagine my frazzled and frustrated friend running all over the house, trying to entertain strangers.
I texted her back.
Linda, I’m so sorry. I have no idea what happened. People must not have read their emails.
My heart was beating quickly, I was sweating and completely overwhelmed with this dilemma . . .
. . . so I called Linda.
When she answered, she was laughing so hard, I couldn’t get a word in edgewise.
I’m just kidding, Diane.
Fifteen minutes of agony—and it was all a joke.
Actually, one guest did actually show up because she had misread the second Evite so when she arrived at Linda’s door, the two of them decided to play a joke on me.
Ok, Linda. You won this time . . . but I owe you big time!
Have you ever been the victim of a great practical joke? I love this one below!