My father passed away several years ago but he was one of the funniest people I have ever known. He would joke around with everybody he met and he would make up words that forever stuck in your head.
Once when we were kids, we stopped at the local Sonic on our weekly trip to my Grandparent’s Lake house. The Sonic used to put these plastic things on the rim of their cups.
I’m kind of pissed I never got a mermaid…
My dad called them aminals because they weren’t real animals but plastic ones. To this day if I see a chachki or a stuffed animal or anything really that resembles an animal but isn’t, it’s an aminal.
My father was a mechanic by trade and once when I needed a car he gave me an old Oldsmobile that someone probably dumped off at his shop and decided it wasn’t worth fixing. I was glad to have a car but imagine how embarrassed I was when I had to rub two wires together to start it. My dad said if it was still working there was no point in buying more parts.
Do you know how hard it is to make sure no one is watching while you hot wire your car in a mall parking lot?
When I was in grade school, I don’t remember what grade but I do remember it was on March 31st, my Mom picked me up from school and told me we had to go to the hospital. She said my dad had hoisted an engine and it had fallen on his foot. She also told us that the hospital mentioned that he would lose some toes.
“Is it his big toe?” “Will he still be able to walk?” “How long will he be in the hospital?” “Will he get presents and can we have some of them?”
I might have been a little bratty back in the day.
But back to the story. Luckily my dad came home that same night and while he could only limp the first few days, he only lost the ends of two toes and it never affected his walking. Nothing major. My dad certainly wasn’t concerned about it so life went on.
I went to school the very next day and proceeded to tell all of my teachers and friends that my father cut his toes off and NO ONE BELIEVED ME. Why? Because it was April Fool’s Day. Despite all my efforts to bring in photographic evidence, have my mom call the school or actually bring my dad’s toes in for show and tell, no one believed me.
I did however become known as the best prankster on April Fool’s Day and since I have never in my life been able to top that feat, that is why I never prank on April Fool’s Day.
Now, tell me the worst prank anyone has ever pulled on you?
Also does your family have any pet names for things, like Aminal, that you want to share?