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Waving Father Plays Prank On Son For Full School Year

AMERICAN FORK, Utah ~ (Provo Daily Herald/Salt Lake City Deseret News) ~ A man pulled a prank on his son that lasted for the entire school year by waving at the school bus every day while dressed in costume.

Sophomore student Rain Price will never forget the first day of school, when he and his classmates peered out the bus windows to see his dad, Dale Price, waving at the bus dressed in a San Diego Chargers helmet and jersey. But Dad wasn't finished; every morning he continued the joke, with a different look every time. Over the last school year his creative attire has featured, among others; Darth Vader, Anakin Skywalker, Princess Leia, Elvis, the Little Mermaid, Nacho Libre, Santa Claus, Michael Jackson, a Star Trek officer, a blushing bride, a giant chicken, and with help from second-grade son Riot, even Batman with Robin.

Dale Price explained the humorous daily antics to the Provo Daily Herald, saying, "the school bus, for the first time ever. came down our street this year. "This was Rain's first year on the bus. My wife came running in the room and suggested we go wave at him to embarrass him.” Dale said it was tough to keep the prank rolling, but he did it to have fun and to show his son he really loves him. "I hope this lives with him for the rest of his life," the father told the Deseret News, "he can use it against his kids and tell them, 'If you think you are embarrassed by me, you should have seen your grandfather."

Soon Rain's friends weren't the only ones anticipating Dale's morning ritual; he soon became a local celebrity in American Fork and an international phenomenon on blog websites. With expectations high, Dale had to develop a system; his son would catch the bus at 7:10am, when Dale would be dressed in the base wardrobe to keep the outfit a surprise. Then he would have four minutes to don the rest of the costume, with accessories and props, to be in front of the house when the bus made its second pass.

Rain said he eventually became used to the idea, telling the Daily Herald, ""The first day of high school I have my Dad waving at the bus, it was really embarrassing." he told the Daily Herald. "But the last couple of months it has turned into more entertainment. Everybody else on the bus learned to like it a lot sooner than I did. It wasn't their dad dressing up like a fool," the son added. His mother, Rochelle Price, who has kept a photo record of Dale's costumes at said it's important to have a sense of humor. "Life is hard. It is fun to be able to start it with a laugh every day," she said. Despite all the fun, Dale has no plans to continue the tradition next year, at least for now. I will sleep like a baby the first day of school," he said.

Photo credit: Rochelle Price

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