In our ongoing efforts to get our home more organized, I have been taking advantage of all the organizational stuff that goes on sale after New Year’s. This is very exciting for me, because I freaking love to assemble furniture. It’s like a really big puzzle, and when you’re done you have a new bookcase. I like it so much that it brought about the following conversation between me and my son:
SaraB: Can I ask you a weird question?
Boy: (warily*) Yeah.
S: Do you like putting together furniture?
B: (relieved) Yeah.
S: Do you really like it, or do you just not mind doing it?
B: I like doing it.
S: I ask because we have these new shelves for your room and I don’t want to be all selfish and do it all by myself if you want to do some too.
B: (smiles kind of pityingly) It’s OK, Mom; you can do it yourself.
The Boy and I might like assembling things, but my mother and Mr. B both hate it. My mom gets stressed out about the whole process and the Mister hates reading directions, so he always has to undo things that he put together upside down or out of order.
What about you? Do you like to assemble, or would you rather leave it to someone else?
*He had good reason to be wary; I’ve asked him some really weird questions. From his perspective, I could have been about to launch into a talk about sex or drugs, or I could be wondering what it would be like to have a pet monkey.