I love driving my kids crazy, sometimes.
For those of you are unfamiliar with the concept, LARPing (Live Action Role Playing) involves running around the woods (or the local park, depending upon your access to a car), usually waving fake weapons. Railfan and The Red-Headed Menace are heavily into LARPing: there is no age limit (the guy who runs the local LARP they most often frequent is 30) and it is good exercise, running around in the fresh air. It was also the source of the best practical joke in our family in a long time.
It started innocuously enough. Railfan was repairing LARP weapons (fake swords, flails and other apparatus made of PVC pipe, pool noodles, and duct tape), and requested that I buy duct tape. “What color? Black, blue, red?” I asked.
“Mom, if you’re buying I don’t care.”
Railfan cracked up. “Neon pink?”
At this point the Resident Shrink broke in, “Hello, Kitty.”
All of us snickered hysterically. I duly went out and bought Hello Kitty duct tape. A week later, I sprung.
“Here’s the duct-tape you requested,” I told Railfan, who passed it along to his brother.
The Red-Headed Menace at first simply gave his “SRSLY?” look. Then he started getting more and more wound up, giving us all sorts of arguments as to why “Hello Kitty” duct tape was just wrong.
“Mom, they didn’t have Hello Kitty in the Middle Ages!”(He conveniently ignored the fact that they did not have pvc pipe, pool noodles, and duct tape in the Middle Ages, either.) This argument elicited howls of laughter from the peanut gallery.
“But they had cats,” I observed.
“But those were demonic cats…”
“I don’t know, I’ve always thought of Hello Kitty as pretty demonic…”
As I said, I just love driving my kids crazy. They’re so amusing.