I never cared much for pranks on April fool’s day, but I do remember years ago when I first became a manager at work I had the privilege of being made a fool. Yes, it was a privilege of being bonded with my team. There is a closeness to friendship when a prank is played on you.
It wasn’t April first, it was just an ordinary day, when suddenly my office phone started ringing. I pulled the receiver and lo and behold the whole telephone fell into my knee, the cord was only 10 centimeter long because my friends had wired it together. I still remember trying to make excused to the person who had called me.
Later I remember coming to office early to plant my revenge. There is nothing better than hear the boom a of a party popper going off in the next room. Afterwards we laughed, made truce.
in his memory
fireworks were brighter —
Today Kim is challenging us with a haibun prompt on April’s fool day at dVerse.
April 1, 2019
Office pranks have to be the best as usually everyone’s in on it but the one who’s being pranked – better than school children’s April Fool jokes. I’ve not come across that telephone prank before but, I suppose, in these days of mobiles and cordless phones, it wouldn’t happen now. Is that the echo of the aged librarian in your haiku, Björn?
I think it is the librarian I fave inside.
Strangely I don’t remember either playing any pranks or being at the receiving end. Must have happened, they mustn’t have been very funny.
I’m glad you saw the funny side. I like your haiku of nostalgia.
Oh, I’ve got a library story today too, Those good ole days when I worked as a Library Assstant, we didn’t have a National Library then
Ah, the joys of office bonding… 🙂
Funny story. Humor with co-workers can lighten the load at work.
We had a guy at work who was a “bowl reader”. He would follow folks into the restroom after they had flushed a BM, and he would look At the tracks, and read them like tea leaves.
I am like you Bjorn , in that I am not fond of pratical jokes. But sounds like it was a good result for you. 🙂
I like your haibun. You are right, it and bring you all together!
My father was a real.prankster but he was careful on who he played pranks, being sure the person would think it funny rather than getting angry. I never cared for pranks.
Thank you for this walk through your memories. It really reminds me that a good spice of friendship and community is silly laughs.
It is nice that you laughed. As a manager I am sure it evened the ground a little.
When OfficeMax are friends and teammates, the work place becomes almost home.
Ah, I meant ‘officemates’ not officemax.
Ha.. spellcheckers are fun
sounds like an even call to me! Nice pic