One day, I called home and decided to play a prank on my children. They all know my voice and respond with about the same level of enthusiasm once they can identify that I am the one calling.
Of my children, the most outspoken is the middle one – my eldest daughter , who at this time was about 11 years old. She was the one I chose as my target and as I hoped, she was the one who answered the phone. The discussion went as follows;
Me: (with my voice modulated a little) Hello
Daughter: Hello, good afternoon. May I know who is speaking?
Me: My name is Peter, I am your mum’s friend, may I speak with her please?
Daughter: (There was a pause as she tried to figure who this is) Errm, sorry, who did you say you were?
Me: I said I am your mum’s friend. You are her first daughter right? She’s spoken a lot about you.
Daughter: (Another pause) I am sorry, I don’t know you. How do you know my mum?
Me: Ah! Well, she is a very good friend of mine. We met many years ago and we have remained very close.
Daughter: (She’s had enough of this) Well, I don’t know who you are. Do you know my mum is married? I really don’t understand how you can be my mum’s friend and I don’t know you. Do you know she’s a married woman?
Me: (barely able to contain the laughter trying to burst from my lips) Yes, I know she’s married but we are quite close and we talk a lot. Then I added the bit that made her lose her cool. “And I like her very much!”
Daughter: “Okay Mr, I don’t know who you are but I am definitely going to tell my daddy about this. Steer clear of my mum, she’s married and she is happy with her husband!” (Raises her voice to call her mum that she has a phone call)
When my wife picked the phone, I quickly told her what had transpired and we carried on the charade, knowing my daughter was listening in until we could no longer control ourselves and burst out laughing.