When I was in college, the first chapter meeting for my sorority after our Spring break was on April 1. If you’re not familiar with sorority life, there is a ritual called “candlelight.” Candlelights are held when a girl is lavaliered, pinned or engaged. A bouquet of flowers with a candle in the middle is delivered to the house, the lights are turned off, and the flowers are passed around the circle while all the girls sing a song. If the candle makes it to its third trip around the room, that signals an engagement and everyone cheers. Everyone is so excited and can’t wait to find out which sister will now be planning her wedding! The engaged girl blows out the candle, and then is invited to the front of the room to tell her “story.”
I held a fake candlelight, creating a story of an engagement to a high school crush. You could see the bitterness in the eyes of the senior girls… they didn’t know if they should be more angry that it should be one of them up there or if they were more worried that this “good girl’s club” (stellar reputation, this sorority had) had a freshman getting engaged “too soon.”
I ended my “engagement story” by saying, “He looked into my eyes and said those three words every girl waits a lifetime to hear – ‘Happy April Fool’s!'”
At which time it was abundantly clear what those senior girls thought of me – “How dare she mess with ritual!”
It was a riot and completely worth the $20 spent on a fake solitaire!
(Semi-apologies to any of my sisters who read this.)
Now, how about yours? What’s the best April Fool’s joke that you’ve pulled or has been pulled on you?
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