You know when you’re a parent and you begin to be gifted toys for your child?
And one of those toys seems really complicated to piece back together? Because it is. You know. You just know. The red flags immediately go up in your brain all, “Thaaat’s gonna be a biatch to put together…”
So, then you
waste spend an entire weekend trying to figure out the translated directions that tell you to put Part A through glider D and bolt tightly using screw X. Finally, it’s done! The child is happy! Throw away that box I never want to see it again!
Oh, it’s broken? It came apart? You lost the directions or the diagram?
Or maybe it didn’t come with either and the box was your guide and now you’re supposed to just *know* how it fits back together because you’re the parent?
Lesson to the non-battle worn: take a picture or film the assembly – even if you’re cursing at it the whole time – DO SOMETHING TO HELP YOUR FUTURE SELF! – because come round two, there will be a hellauva lot higher probability that toy “accidentally” breaks in the repair shop.
And we alllllllll know you don’t have a damn clue as to what the thing should look like.
The plus side?
Your kid knows.
They know exactly how it should look.
The not so plus side? They’ll let you know that whatever it is you did, it’s not right. It doesn’t go THAT way. Not that they can actually help you one iota with how it should look…other than to say that piece definitely does not go there, even though you can’t for the life of you figure out why the hell not. It fits! It has to go there! Damn you box I should have kept!
I guess it’s a good thing Kellan can’t say any of this to me, yet, because the other day while he had a friend over, said friend took apart The Puzzle Train before her mom or I knew what was happening.
We were doing super important mom stuff. Like talking.
Anyhow, when it was time to clean up, we both collected all of the pieces parts to this train and tried to put it back together.
And finally, after haphazardly placing the last piece on during probably the tenth attempt, it barely clinging to the wooden peg, she smiled and was all, “Look! A project for you for later!”
I present to you exhibit A: What happens when a baby takes apart a toy and two moms attempt to put it back together…with no clue as to how was supposed to look
Related: The Train Puzzle should probably be labeled for all ages.