Unbeknownst to Addie’s husband, Louis, Addie was taking the day off from work.
She got up at her usual time, showered and dressed, ate breakfast with Louis and wished him a good day as he left for work. As soon as Louis was out the door, Addie got busy cooking.
She turned on the oven, whipped up a chocolate cake and put it in the oven. While the cake baked, she washed some potatoes and put them on to boil for a potato salad.
While the potatoes boiled, she cut up onions. Addie decided to cook green beans to go with the meal.
She removed a chicken from the refrigerator, washed the pieces, seasoned them and placed them in a baking dish to marinate for a few hours. She would make barbeque chicken later in the oven.
When the cake was done, Addie let it cool, then iced it with chocolate frosting — Louis’ favorite. When the potatoes were done, Addie poured off the hot water, let the potatoes cool, then peeled and diced them into a large bowl.
She mixed in the onions and mayonnaise. Just the way Louis liked it. Later in the afternoon, Addie baked the chicken, adding the barbeque sauce near the end. Shortly before Louis was to arrive home, she went upstairs and got “dressed up.”
When Louis came home, Addie greeted him anxiously. “Hurry up, Louis, and get ready. We’re going to be late,” she said. “Late for what?” Louis asked. “Did you forget we’re joining friends tonight at an elegant restaurant?” Addie asked. “Oh, Addie, I don’t feel like going anywhere,” Louis whined. “Well, that’s too bad. We made a promise,” Addie scolded.
Noticeably irritated and grumbling all the way, Louis went upstairs and changed his clothes. When he came back downstairs, Addie said, “Before we leave, let me show you something in the dining room.” Louis followed Addie into the dining room. On the dining room table was all the food Addie had cooked all day.
“What’s this?” Louis asked.
“April Fool,” Addie yelled, and she laughed and laughed.
“The look on your face when you thought we had to go out, Louis, was worth all the work I put into this meal. It made that trick you played on me last year with that big box of smaller and smaller boxes with just a cereal bar in it pale in comparison.”
“You got me, Addie, you really got me,” Louis said. “But I’ve got to say, this food is going to make me one of the happiest fools alive.” Louis bowed and kissed Addie’s hand. He had to laugh. Turnabout is fair play.