Let's discuss April Fools Day, shall we?
I can easily declare that since marrying my spouse, April Fools Day has become my least favorite holiday. And YES I have a sense of humor. Considering my forthcoming preface, I apologize in advance for sounding like a 13 year old giving their first talk in Church.
Dictionary.com defines the word prank as:
"a trick of an amusing, playful, or sometimes malicious nature."
I'll let you, dear reader, be the judge of the nature of this year's prank.
True or false: Selling a home is stressful.
TRUE!! On top of that, please factor in the 1900 mile distance between us and our abandoned property and the "slow" (read: dead) nature of the market. Hello. My name is Debbie Downer and I will be at the helm of today's post.
According to our Realtor, in the months that our home has been on the market, it has seen "great activity." Her words of encouragement fade as the quiet weeks begin to pass. With that being said, you can imagine the happiness Andrew and I felt when a potential buyer walked through last Tuesday and then requested to see the property for a second time on Friday (April 1). In addition to the second showing, another buyer wanted to see the home that same day.
Yes! We're finally seeing some action! It had been awhile.
We called our Southern caretakers to walk through our home to verify that it was still in tip top shape. They assured us all was well. All we could do was pray and wait.
Friday morning, the kids and I found ourselves at Mark and Jen's house. While the kids chased one another in the backyard, the adults (my Mom included) took advantage of the sunshine. It was pleasant. Checking the time, I wondered aloud:
"Maybe we've received feedback. I'm going to run inside and check my e-mail." The April Fools Day Gods must have been smiling as I logged into my account. Excitement filled me as I see the e-mail sent from my spouse. The subject heading reads: "Congratulations!!!!"
And I quote:
"I just got a call from Lola. Evidently Mitzi’s client has put an offer on the house. If this other person that is coming at 12:00 is also interested, we might have a bidding war and actually get what we are asking. Call me as soon as you can."
Losing all inhibition, I begin dancing around my brother's kitchen. Imagine an over-excited monkey hyped up on caffeine; such was my joy. And while it was clear to Mark, Jen and my Mom why I was celebrating, my kids were completely taken aback with surprise.
"It's a really great day for Mommy!" That was the only explanation I could offer.
Grabbing the phone, I call my spouse. Excitement oozed from my voice once we connected. It was met with silence. Oh no. No. No. No no no no no!
"This isn't an April Fools day joke is it? IS IT?"
"April Fools!" He replies.
"Are you serious?"
"Yes." And with that, I hung up the phone. I was crushed. The stress we've been carrying since February was brutally handed back by the person I love most. Why would he do that? Did he cross a line? Do I need to lighten up? Was this prank amusing or malicious? I don't know. It depends on who you ask. Those who were with me at the time I realized it was lie, would argue that it was plain mean. His parents, specifically his dear Dad, thought it was hilarious.
Enter the irony.
On my way home from Mark and Jen's house I get a call. An offer was made on our home. It was low but they were willing to negotiate. Sparing you the details of what was an intense two days of back and forth, we LOST our buyer. They decided they wanted the maintenance free life of a condo instead of our two story home. Throw up in my mouth.
So TWICE this weekend, I had my hopes pummeled. Awesome right?! As for Andrew, how does that saying go? What goes around, comes around?
And while I promise the quick return of Suzy Sunshine (me), I leave you with an image of what our past three weekends have entailed: Our time has been spent driving through various neighborhoods in Davis, Weber and Morgan county. We're trying to get a feel of where we want to focus our efforts when it comes time to buy our next home. I did my best to find the most attractive picture of Henry. I think I succeeded. And yes, that's the portable DVD player secured with bungee cord to a bucket for their viewing pleasure. The time in car also proved to be a great way to listen to General Conference.
What are your thoughts on April Fools Day? Are you generally on the receiving end of the prank or are you the prank master?