Those three little words can mean so much. They can strike fear in the bravest. They can confound the most astute.
So how many of you have put together furniture or toys in your home? Maybe you did it as a part of a team building exercise, couples therapy or just sheer desperation.
Some of you want to follow all the directions. They will not start until they have checked the parts list and compared what was supposed to be in the box with what actually is.
Then there are other’s who want to just start putting bolts in holes and get this over with. News flash that does not always work out, sometimes you really to have to put slot A into slot B before you add shelf C.
Almost all of us have assembled furniture or toys at one time or another. Just the mention of Ikea can take a grown man to his knees.
I personally have no problem assembling Ikea furniture. But navigating the store is another matter all together. I was watching the weather channel and they said they have finally discovered the secret of the Bermuda triangle. It is that the cloud is shaped like an Ikea store and the planes are actually flying around in the clouds trying to find the exit. I’m not sure about this theory but I can attest that every time we my husband goes to Ikea he does the same thing.
Stop me if this sound familiar – Twas the night before Christmas
The children were nestled all snug in their beds;
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just racked our brains much needing a nap,
Sleep was not to be for Dad was assembling bikes,
while Mom in her Kerchief wrapped toys for the little tykes,
As Dad bruised his knuckles there arose such a clatter…
Mom already knew what was the matter…
I’ll share my families best Christmas Eve toy building story – My Dad and his brother-in-law stayed up very, very late assembling a swing set from Santa inside the garage. Dad was ready to move it out into the yard for the big reveal (because how do you explain that Santa put it in the garage) only to discover it would not fit out the garage door…. Well Christmas morning I was so excited to have my new swing set. Good news was I got to play on the swing in the garage for a bit before my dear Dad disassembled and re-assembled it in the yard.
Moral of that story is don’t assemble something inside unless you know you can get it out the door.
Anyway how many of you have extra parts left over when assembling toys or furniture? You can let those go because if you managed to get the toys or furniture together without them you don’t need them. Heck they probably put in some extra just to add to the frustration level. Also you don’t need the manual or instructions. It just adds to the clutter.
I would love to hear you Holiday stories. See the ones that go smooth are easily forgotten but the ones that have a little hiccup are the best.
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