It’s Thursday so it must be time for Mama Kat’s Almost World Famous Writer’s Workshop. This week I chose prompt # 2.) A time you were tricked.
I’ve been tricked many many times in my life. I grew up in a family of tricksters and practical jokers. Everybody loved to “pull one over” on someone else. The biggest culprits were usually my two older brothers. My brothers were 5 & 6 years older than me respectively so I adored them and worshipped them because they were like Gods to me and whatever they said had to be gospel because they were my older brothers! Never EVER would they try to deceive me! Right??? WRONG!!!
My brothers would trick anyone they could and since I was so much younger and so gullible I fell victim to their wily ways more than once. The one time that sticks out the most in my mind was one winter day that happened to be a Saturday that they convinced me that I had overslept and was going to miss the school bus.
I don’t know why I so readily believed them or how they convinced me that it really was a school day, I knew even theoretically that it was a Saturday but somehow they convinced me that we had to “make up” a day on a Saturday because we had missed too many days due to snow. All I know is I was sound asleep in my nice warm bed, probably dreaming a nice warm dream, when they both crept into my bedroom and one stood at the end of my bed and the other stood beside my bed and they started “whispering” REALLY loudly “Wake up! Wake up! You are gonna be late for school!!!”
I remember even now thinking that I couldn’t have overslept THAT much. I remember looking out the window and seeing that it was still dark outside. I was confused. I even said…”It’s still dark outside!” And they said “But we already heard the bus go by! Hurry… you know it will be back soon!”
The bus always came by our house and made a loop and came back by in about 20 or 30 minutes. They convinced me that the bus had gone by. I told them I hadn’t heard it but they were SO convincing. They told me it was too late to eat breakfast or anything. I just had to throw on my pants and a semi clean shirt and throw on my winter coat and run out the door with my books. I remember standing at the end of our driveway (which was fairly long) clutching my books to my chest….for a LONG time….. I think I probably fell asleep standing up holding onto those books. I must have stood out there for at least an hour… at least until my mom got up and noticed I wasn’t in my bed or happened to look out the window and demanded to know why the heck I was standing at the end of the driveway on a Saturday morning clutching my school books.
Then they tried to convince her that I must have been sleep walking and walked out there of my own volition while I was asleep. I think they probably had her pretty much convinced that I was just a whack job until they finally called me back into the house where I promptly ratted them out. They both took off to their room laughing hysterically. For weeks later every time I’d turn around one of them would look at me and say “Hey, Peggy… I think I hear the school bus!” I wasn’t going to fall for that one again… but I did fall for many others. But that’s part of the joy of having two tricksters for brothers.