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Friday, April 9, 2010

Texting with Caution and April Foolery

One week ago today, I received a text message from my little sister. It stated plainly, "I just left the doctor and I'm two months pregnant."

"What?" I thought. My little sister, Leigh, just graduated from college and is, in no way, ready to have a baby. I immediately began calling and texting her, but I got no response. About that time, our eldest sister called me. "Ummm, have you talked to Leigh lately?" she asked. As it turned out, she had gotten the same message too.

"I can't believe this!" I told her. "She didn't even call us to tell us about this. Are we that low on the totem pole that all we get is a crappy little text message. She didn't even use an exclamation mark OR put a sad face." My older and wiser sister interrupted, "Oh crap!" she said. "It's April fool's day."

A sly April fool's prank wouldn't be out of the ordinary coming from me, but from sweet little Leigh, it had taken us by surprise. Immediately our tone changed from that of concerned sisters to revenge plotting renegades. I knew she had some major payback coming, but it would require some thought and delicate planning.

Imagine my elation a few hours later, when I heard that in her attempt to send the false pregnancy announcement to me, and only me, her scheming little fingers had pushed, "send to all." With one wrong push of a button she had notified scores of people that she and her boyfriend were going to be parents. Aunt, co-workers, friends and, of course, my parents ALL received the message. Suffice it to say, she had some explaining to do and quite a few calls to return. I felt justified in the end. Her punishment had definitely fit her crime, and most importantly, I had the last laugh. In the future I'm sure she will text with caution lest she receive another quick return on her cell phone karma. Leave the pranks to me, little sis. I'm the professional. :)