Dad tackles a new game with "some assembly required"
|This doesn't make sense", Cal yelled from the den, clearly more irritated than the last time he said it two minutes ago. He had been trying to put together a new game for Kevin, our seven year old, for the past hour. The instructions were all in pictures which made it easier for the manufacturer since no translations were needed, but considerably more difficult to understand.
"It says to insert rod A7 into hole B34 in the base but it just doesn't fit! You would think they could design something that people could understand.", he screamed to no one in particular. "I mean, I have a masters degree in engineering and if I can't figure this out, how could anyone be expected to - especially a seven year old kid?" I didn't know his face could get that red.
Kevin had been really excited about the game since he first saw it on TV and wanted to start putting it together as soon as we got home from the store, but Cal had said "This looks a little advanced for you, buddy. Don't worry. I'll take care of this." Kevin was disappointed but climbed up on the recliner and watched Cal as he struggled with the confounding instructions.
Finally, Kevin couldn't wait any longer. He got off the recliner and walked over to where Cal was still fuming at the instructions. He picked up "rod A7", turned it upside down and easily inserted it into "hole B34".
Cal could only stare, finally realizing that some things are "so easy only a child can do it".