April Fools

April Fools Day.

What a day it has been.

I'm not one to go all out for the classic "holiday," but this year I thought I'd do a little something that really didn't take any extra time or effort out of my day.

This year, in commemoration of the much-anticipated day of pranking, my friends and I decided we'd pull a little harmless prank on one of our good friends on the wing. Needless to say, she did not see it coming. In fact, she didn't even notice. Well, until we told her.

A few of us have had this plan in the making for quite some time now. A couple weeks back, some of us noticed that Michelle had all these clothes in her closet that she never wore, and as a group we came to the consensus that it was time those clothes saw the light of day. We also figured she wouldn't notice, but wanted to give it a shot anyway, just to see if she'd unknowingly prove us wrong.

On the eve of our prank, when Michelle was off at choir, we distributed some of her shirts and dresses around the wing. Her roommate was careful to select clothes that she wore very rarely, hoping our selections wouldn't be too obvious to Michelle. Oddly enough, though we each have distinct and unique styles, we all found something in Michelle's closet that was quite believable for ourselves. By this I mean no one would have guessed it wasn't our own.   

So the day for our prank came along (I was maybe a little too excited), we all put on our designated outfits, and we went about our merry ways, waiting to see if Michelle would notice anything. I only saw Michelle once on the way down to breakfast, and by lunch I was a little worried our paths wouldn't cross and she'd never see me wearing her shirt. Then, right as I was sitting down to lunch with a friend, Michelle sat at the table across from me, directly facing me. 'This was it', I thought. Surely she would notice something. Nada.

The day continued on like usual, we passed by her room and said hi, we passed her outside on the way to class, we went about our normal routines, and by 9 p.m. we decided it was time to take some executive action. Because Michelle had said nothing, we decided to post a photo of the six of us wearing her clothes to Facebook, tagging Michelle and letting her know what we'd been up to that day.

Later that night, when Michelle was scrolling through her Facebook feed, she saw the photo and everything seemed to click into place. 

Michelle joked that she was flattered that we all wanted to take part in her style, but admitted she never noticed throughout the day. 

The next morning I returned her shirt and she just cracked up laughing. 

I'm thankful for laughter, and I'm thankful for friends. I'm especially thankful for my dear friend Michelle and the joy she brings to those around her. These are the stories I'll remember forever.