When Lazy Dad and I first got married we lived in his hometown in Wisconsin. Being born and raised in Texas and having gone to college in Florida, this was my first experience living in “the North.” It was also my first experience with a real winter.
As cold Arctic air started to set in and white fluffy snow began to pile up I was feeling like a missionary to a distant land. I was SO out of my element.
Lazy Dad and his family and friends tried hard to explain winter stuff to me. Like how to drive in it, what to do if your car is sliding, why you need to start your car early, etc. They would just smirk at each other and try their hardest to squelch their laughter at my lack of winter and snow knowledge.
One day I noticed that my tires were a little low on air. So I mentioned it to Lazy Dad. “Well if you stop by somewhere to put air in them, be sure and put winter air in your tires,” he said.
Confused I asked, “What do you mean winter air?”
“You’ll need to put winter air in your tires for the winter,” he replied.
“Okay. Well, maybe we can do that later? I don’t even know where to find winter air.” And we went on with our day.
That night we were at his parents house for dinner and laundry. Realizing we hadn’t put winter air in my tires yet I said, “Oh! We can’t forget to put winter air in my tires on the way home tonight.”
“Winter air?” his dad said. “What do you mean, winter air?”
Lazy Dad shot him a look and said, “For her tires. She needs winter air for her tires, dad.”
His dad couldn’t hold back the laughter. Then his mom couldn’t hold back the laughter. And being the bright girl that I am (*ahem*) I realized that something was amiss.
My Father-in-law said, “He’s tricking you! There is no such thing as winter air for your tires! How dare you do that to your wife!” and he smacked Lazy Dad who was trying to keep from laughing.
“What?! There is no winter air?” I looked at him incredulously. And that, my friends, is when I realized the horrible truth…….. I had married a prankster.
Of course I did laugh a little when Lazy Dad pulled the same prank on my dad when my parents were visiting us in Wisconsin one time. But I didn’t let it go as far as Lazy Dad did with me. As soon as I saw my dad falling for it I spilled the beans.
To this day Lazy Dad still tries to pull this prank on unsuspecting Southerners that visit these Northern parts. In fact, just a few short months ago he told a woman in our church that she needed to put winter air in her tires.
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