Every season or two, there seems to be a display (or dump, as they’re called) that is very daunting to put together. I still remember from years ago the display for Swine Lake by James Marshall and Maurice Sendak, which had a stage, wings, and probably an orchestra pit. It took hours to put together. I can handle putting the usual nine-book cardboard display, but last week, the display for the new Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers presented a huge challenge.
I took out most of the pieces and laid them out. I tried very hard not to freak out at the sheer number of pieces there were. I reminded myself that I can follow directions. I mean, really, how hard would this be?
The directions, all 12 pages of them on 11×17 paper, were found at the bottom of the box. I skimmed and was immediately overwhelmed by the number of steps. There were 45! Yes, the pages were big, and the photographs were enormously helpful, but 45 steps, holy smokes, that would take all day.
I had the first piece in and it took fifteen minutes and I started despairing because I just didn’t have all day. Right at my darkest moment, the store festooned with card board pieces that needed a home, my friend Sue walked in. Sue can re-roof her house. So I thought this project might be easier for her. I was right.
After reading all the directions through once before even starting (a novel idea that I will emulate), she gathered all the pieces and six minutes later she was done. I just sort of stood around dumbfounded that she would be done so quickly.
The display is eye-catching and books seem to be flying out of it. The best part of having Sue help is that she wouldn’t take a free book or even a coffee, she just wanted the dump when we were done with it for her son’s room.
Now, that’s a deal I can get behind: Sue puts it together and she takes it away.