The Random Writings of Rachel: Playing a Prank on Our Children

Playing a Prank on Our Children

First of all, for those of you who saw the announcement post about my BOOK, The Cactus Who Craved a Hamburger, and offered your congratulations and for those of you now waiting for the book to show up in your mailbox---you are AMAZING. Thank you, thank you so much for all of the encouragement and good cheer. This blog is such a happy place for me and I'm in awe of this amazing blog community. You rock.

The tiny cactus and I thank you.

If, however, you haven't yet heard all about the book yet, these are the steps you should take:

1) Read all about this quirky story in my announcement blog post
2) Next, you probably should consider buying the book on Amazon. When I shop, I always think, "Will I regret it if I don't buy this thing?" If the answer is "Yes, I'll regret it. I'll remember its name and face days from now and wish I had purchased it."...then I buy the thing. This book is one of those things.

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Now, on to the real topic for today!

In our family, plans can change and decisions can be made at the speed of light.

To take one example, my parents have been saying for quite some time that they and my youngest sisters wouldn't be going back to the USA for my sister's wedding this coming June. It has nothing to do with anything about not supporting the wedding--it's just for reasons of practicality. We believe a marriage is a lot bigger than a wedding day, after all. And my family only visits America typically once every 4 years, and this wedding will be about 3 years since the latest time they'd been back, plus, at this season, they can't get enough time off of work for the longer trip that they would normally make (traveling to the USA is so difficult and so costly that when they do return after four years, they take a couple months in order to fit in as much as possible).

And then...suddenly...one morning, they bought a ticket for Dad to fly to America. So now, for sure, he'd be able to walk a daughter down the aisle for the very first time. And later that afternoon...they bought tickets for the 3 remaining family members to go back to the USA, too.

And then, we promptly lied about it and videotaped the baby sisters' reactions. That's what any normal person would do, right?



My favorite parts of the video are that Mom correctly predicts Sarah's reaction (a brave, stiff-upper-lipped "It's okay.") and the fact that when a trip for ice cream is announced, no one knows if they can trust Dad anymore.

So...this is kinda crazy, and not what anyone was expecting...but now there will be a whole-family reunion in America and we'll be able to get whole-family photos for the first time since being together in Cambodia a couple years ago! Everyone is so thrilled--most of all, my three siblings in the USA and the rest of our extended family who haven't seen any of us in a few years!

Do you take a long time to make big decisions, so is it a quick process for you? Have you ever played a prank on a preteen?

22 comments:

  1. Awwwww, this is going to be so awesome!

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  2. How wonderful that you will all be together and can get some great family photos! So very exciting!
    Beth
    http://www.thebethnextdoor.com

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  3. Congrats on the book! That is absolutely wonderful!
    This is our first year together as a family too. My brother has been stationed in Eastern Canada for three years with his fiance and his little munchkin. It doesn't seem very far but it is. He's home now and it's wonderful.
    Love the prank! ANd the reactions. PRiceless!

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  4. This is so awesome! Such a great prank! Have so much fun!

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  5. Haha. That's great! Congratulations on the book!!! That's awesome. :) So glad everyone will be together.

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  6. Hmmm. For me, it depends. If I have already gone over the "overly stressed" line, decisions can be miserable for me. But if, however, I have enough confidence in the situation that I feel adventurous about it, I usually make snap-decisions.

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  7. How lovely! I am so happy that you will get to spend time with your family making such great memories.

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  8. Oh, my goodness... this is so lovely! I love how excited the kiddos are when they get the news. And there's nothing better than a family reunion at a wedding!

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  9. AWWWW!!! How fun:) I love pranks!

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  10. Oh, mean, just mean! Haha! I'm so glad you all get a chance to be together!

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  11. So fun! What a wonderful thing to all spend time together! We are kind of spur of the moment people when it comes to planning trips.

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  12. Yay, I'm so glad it all worked out. I'm sure your sister is thrilled to have her family coming for the wedding.

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  13. Aw, that's awesome, hope everyone has a fantastic time! We tend to make quick decisions like this in our family too ;)

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  14. Haha - aww this is so cute! Your littlest sister has such a sweet, high voice - she is precious! I'm so happy that everyone is able to be together. And of course, I can't wait for the lasest family photos to come!

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  15. congrats on the book!!! thats huge!! this was an awesome prank -- something i'd totally do hehe! <3 family time is the best time

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  16. HAHA that's awesome!!! And how exciting your sister is getting married! Hope the book-launch is all going well :) :) :)

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  17. Hahahah, this is hilarious! Your family sounds a lot like mine! I never commit to making plans with 100% certainty because my family can be so spontaneous!

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  18. I love this video! Your family is awesome. I'm so glad you will all get to go to America together! I totally over analyze everything. I crunch numbers and make pro and con lists, meanwhile Nick has his finger on the "purchase" button! It's a good mix, I think!

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  19. haha oh my goodness. i don't think i would have reacted so calmly. i married into a family that loves to float around ideas (but for my head - i start planning how each one will take shape) and are super spontaneous. it's stressful for my planner and processing mind but i'm getting a bit more used to it. only took 10 years...

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  20. I don't remember ever playing a prank on someone. Sure I must have. At least once. Congratulations on publishing.

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  21. HA! Oh my gracious, so funny! How awesome that you guys will all get to be together this summer!! Also, I love when you post videos of your family because I feel like I'm getting to know all of you, haha! So fun!

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  22. We usually take some time to deliberate over decisions, mostly because indecision is one of my besetting faults. However, in 2013 when someone offered to pay for my parents to fly to Australia to visit my brother and his family, my husband and I decided we had to go with them fairly quickly for my sluggish decision maker. My parents were not in good enough health to travel by themselves, and we were the only ones who could go with them at the time, so we concluded that this was the Lord's plan for us. The tickets were bought without too much deliberation, but all the other planning was another story. Thankfully, I had several months to get it all organized. :-)

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