“Do you need help with that?” My neighbor asks as I unload the 10′ x 20′ portable car canopy.
“Sure.” I reply. “I’m setting it up in the back and planning on putting it up tonight.”
“Oh! We did that and had some real challenges. Why don’t you set it up and I’ll be by later to help you.”
“Okay, I’ll have it set up for tomorrow.”
“No, that’s not going to work for me. You see I’m helping him move. You’re in no hurry. We’ll get it done sometime later.” He adds.
I laid the long box on my mother’s ole faithful 1970 radio flyer. I use it to haul everything around in the yard just like she did.
Bouncing along the way, I navigate through the gate to the back. I plop the box on the fresh cut lawn. I drag myself in the house. I take off my dirty socks and shoes and thinking of a nice hot shower. I find myself rocking in the chair. I guzzle some water. I’m a wilted flower. The sun. The work. I’m beat. Maybe I will wait till next weekend.
Next thing I know I am walking outside with slippers on, a pair of scissors and I’m cutting open the box. I grab the directions and read them. He told me I should read the directions to make sure I place the parts in the right spot. This looks easy enough. So I do. I lay out the canopy frame.
Hmmm. Maybe I’ll just put these two pieces together. I get a “homemade” rubber mallet (a towel and a hammer). I pound a few together. I’ll just put the frame together. A few struggles here and there but I come up with solutions. After all the directions did say two people. The next steps suggests I put the tarp over the top after the 6.9′ legs are in place. I’m not going to be able to do that. Still yet, I decide to open it up. It’s all sprawled out over the lawn. It’ll get damp tonight. Besides the cats may meander by. I can’t have that. I attach the tarp to the frame before I put the legs on.
Hmmm. Maybe I’ll stop here and wait for him to help me put the legs up. The ladder grabs my attention. Oh, that’ll prop up one side. Between the ladder and the boxes, I balance the frame. Now it’s getting a little tricky. There’s an urgency in my step. The direction did day I should be wearing a hard hat. I quickly grab the legs and put them all up on one side. It looks silly with only one side done. So I do the same thing. It wobbles back and forth with the wind. I run and grab the other legs.
Ta-Da! It’s done. I guess I don’t need his help after all. I anchor down the sides so the wind doesn’t carry it way. Place two chairs and a couple plants to dress it up. As I head in for that over due shower, I think to myself, “I don’t need it till later.”