We're pretty damn awesome when you think about it; pat yourself on the back quickly, bask in the glory of being a person, take a sip of whatever is your favourite tipple and permit yourself an indulgent moment of self congratulation.
There. Feels good right? Good, you've earned that.
There's something else that, if you are a parent, there's a good chance you've done. Something which you might not often think about, might not wish to recall. You may well have fitted an Isofix car seat base, plus the associated seat.
I was feeling masochistic tonight, so I decided to take on that particular challenge for myself. I'd heard the stories about how annoying it is, how awkward and frustrating. But there was a little sticker on the base. It had pictorial instructions, like you get on Lego kits. There were numbers next to the pictures and the biggest of those numbers was five.
|LIES. PICTURES OF ACTUAL LIES.|
"It must be easy" I thought to myself "there are only FIVE instructions, and they all look really simple!"
DO NOT BE FOOLED. There is false security deeply ingrained within those bright, cheerful instructions. Here's how it went:
1. Push the button on the front of the base.
(Done. Easy. This is going to be a piece of piss.)
2. Slide the seat base forward, exposing the two Isofix mount thingies.
(Bit of a struggle. Hmm, this is harder than it should be isn't it? Am I doing this right? Oh, for the love of Jesus, why won't this farking thing mov...*smack of plastic on knuckles*...*Swearing*... Oh, good, done it.)
3. Push the Isofix mount thingies onto the Isofix bracket thingies in your car.
(I don't see the bracket thingies. The car definitely has bracket thingies, doesn't it? Are you supposed to take the seat out or something? WTF? *rummaging in depths of car seat*...*scraped knuckles*...*more swearing*... AHA! There they are. Now, just push them in until they click. Done. *mop sweat from forehead*)
4. Slide the seat base back until snug to the back of the car's seat.
(*pinches tiny piece of skin on hand between sliding parts of Isofix base*...*VIOLENT swearing*... Done.)
5. Slide the stabilising arm doofer until firmly against the floor of the car.
(*shaking in anticipation of mishap*...Oh. That bit was actually easy.)
Feeling a strange mixture of smugness and resentment I went back into the house. That was when I found the two little pieces of plastic which go between the car's seat and the Isofix base. The two little pieces of plastic which meant I had to go back out to the car and start again. The two little pieces of plastic which I may well one day tell my therapist about.
|Yeah, it's all smiles for you...|