Saturday Morning Message: Gotcha! Survivors share the pranks their loved ones pulled off

Author: Carol Lane

Good morning,

This picture comes from Sue, mother of Marcus. It shows the glint in her son’s eyes as he surprised the family wearing a Santa hat. This seemed to be the perfect opening for this week’s Saturday Morning Message with the topic of pranks. At this time of uncertainty, I am glad to share memories of pranks played on our fellow survivors. I hope they put a smile on your face.

Sue son Marcus

Remember, you can write to me anytime — to contribute, subscribe or if you have thoughts on what could make the Saturday Morning Message more helpful. I look forward to hearing from you. My email address is online@taps.org.

Hugs,
Carol Lane
Mother of Bryon

 

Answers from Survivors

Responses from Survivors to last week's question: April Fools’ Day is coming up! We wanted to hear stories about your loved ones’ sense of humor. Did your he or she play a trick or prank on you? Tell us about it.

From Cella, spouse of Daniel: Every single day there were pranks pulled on myself and our boys by my husband. whether it was scaring the boys behind walls and doors to making light of his combat injuries (TBI and PTSD) and pretending to get lost in Target and making the store associates call my name on the intercom to pick up my husband at electronics because he was lost.

Belinda's son Benjamin

From Belinda, mother of Benjamin: Benjamin liked to surprise me by not telling me when he was coming to visit, giving gifts or money. He also had a sense of humor. I especially remember one time when his son was born and I went to visit.

One day he was sitting on a low table and I was on the floor between his legs. I asked a member of the family to take our picture (Benjamin didn’t particularly like to have his picture taken or smile much in them). About the time it was taken, he put his finger at the nostril of my nose and he was smiling. That picture is one of my favorites.

From Britnee, daughter of James: My dad had always been known for his sense of humor. I have always been terrified of frogs. Once when I was 12, I fell asleep on the couch while we watched a movie. He went outside and found a frog, laid it in my chest and woke me up simply through screaming. I cried so hard, but I laugh so hard today remembering those days. Miss him so very much.

From Samantha, fiancé of Preston:  Preston, my fiancé, had the best sense of humor. On our first date, he told me he had flowers for me. He then proceeded to hand me a five pound bag of flour.

From Lisa, mother of John: My son, John, arranged with his 16-year- old brother's school to surprise him upon returning home from deployment. The secretary had John wait in the principal's office, sitting in his chair, turned around backwards. Then they called my younger son to the office. He was scared to death, wondering what he could've done. When he entered the office, his brother turned around in the chair and greeted him. It was captured on video. Hilarious!

If you would like to send a message thanking one or all of those who participated in this week’s Saturday Morning Message, send it to me at online@taps.org and I will make sure your thoughts are passed along to them.

 

Question for Next Week’s Saturday Morning Message 

In this time of physical distancing, we miss being able to be with our friends and family, so the responses next week to this question may give us some ideas on how to keep in touch:  What has someone done to make a positive difference in your life during this time of social difficulty and self quarantine? We'll publish answers in next week's Message. 

P.S. — Did you know TAPS has a variety of ways to help us feel connected to one another? TAPS TALKS are one-hour long free webinars. Each one deals with a different topic. Check our online calendar to see what we've got coming up this week. You can also check out previous TAPS Talks in our online archive.

 

♫ Song for the Week

This week’s song seemed to fit the present situation. It is "I Say a Little Prayer" sung by Aretha Franklin. Just remember that you are not alone. 

You can send favorite songs for this song of the week section at online@taps.org and include a note about why the song is meaningful to you.

 

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UPCOMING VIDEO AND TEXT CHATS

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Visit the TAPS Online Community Chat Calendar for this week's schedule of text and video chats and other offerings. Whether you want to share your story or just read how other survivors are sharing and coping, this online grief support community is a way for you to develop and strengthen your connections with TAPS.

 

About the Saturday Morning Message

The Saturday Morning Message (SMM) is a weekly communication; written and contributed to by survivors. The primary focus of the Saturday Morning Message is to foster peer-based connection for support and encouragement.  It is the goal of this communication to foster a safe, supportive atmosphere where we can openly share in a non-judgmental and caring manner. Read and contribute as you are comfortable, and explore any opinions/ideas shared that are most beneficial to you on your individual journey. Content submitted for inclusion in the Saturday Morning Message is edited for spacing considerations, grammatical corrections and may be used in other TAPS publications.  

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