Ponderings with Doug – February 24, 2017

We were in Lake Charles this week. We were there for a dental appointment and to see if we could sneak in some grandparent time. Our grandparent request was looked upon favorably by the parental units. As part of the grandparenting negotiations, we had agreed to install child safety latches in the kitchen. It seems our grandson likes opening the drawers in the kitchen and putting the contents on the floor. He is particularly fond of the bottom drawer where the bucket of bubble gum and the doggy treats reside. The dog and Emerson have become partners of drawer opening crime. His backup drawer contains glass pitchers and serving dishes. Emerson is at that busy exploring stage of infancy.

Since we had grandson time, we agreed to install the drawer latches. Grandparents will use any excuse to see the grandchild. Parents of infants should be warned!

It didn’t take me long to discover the first challenge. The latches were made in China and the instructions were written by a Swedish engineer who spoke English as a second language. The pictures were likely created by someone from lower Trinidad who had never seen the latches. The other problem that presented itself was the floor. Installation would require full body contact with the floor. Getting to the floor is no problem, getting up is the issue.

The position I had to achieve in order to install these devices should not be attempted by anyone over the age of twenty-five. I was upside down with my head inside a drawer trying to see something five inches from my face. I use several invectives while installing the devices. I didn’t accomplish the whole job, but installed the safety devices on the most interesting drawers. That would certainly slow down Emerson.

Later in the evening we received a picture of Emerson in the kitchen on his evening drawer safari. The baby beta test of the first latch proved successful. He was stopped in his attempt to open the bubble gum drawer. Being a normal human being he simply opened the drawer above. My efforts at thwarting the curiosity of my grandson were thwarted by the curiosity of my grandson. There is a big life lesson here that could go several ways.

“The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.”

I looked at the picture and laughed.

When a door shuts, God opens a window. That might look really good on some gift from the Hallmark store, but it is lousy theology. Sometimes God shuts the door and wants you to quit heading in that direction. Sometimes our curiosity gets us into trouble. We are being inquisitive human beings, right?

Jesus put it this way, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life and only a few find it.”

From Emerson we might learn, be careful which drawer you open.