Why are kids’ toys and cold medicine so hard to open?
You might think this is a pretty random thought, but it’s one that’s crossed my mind a couple of times this week.
Shortcake’s plastic horse arrived on our doorstep this week, thanks to the wonder that is the Amazon Vine. And while we’d wanted to save this new toy for her birthday, Daddy made the mistake of opening it while she was around and letting her see it.
Trying to outwit her, I figured I’d just put it aside, distract her with some of the myriad of other toys she has, and slide the gift into our gift closet when she wasn’t looking.
She was having none of that.
Despite my best efforts to outwit her, she kept finding the plastic horse (still in the box, mind you), bringing it over to me, and telling me that I should just surrender and open it now. It was a battle of wills — and I’ll admit, I lost.
Having lost the battle of wills, I didn’t expect that I’d need a small thermonuclear device to get this toy open. Which made me ponder the question of just why manufacturers make it so dad-blamed difficult to get into children’s toys?!? It’s so bad that they even make a special tool to help parents get into these toys (my parents got us one during the holiday season and it’s a lifesaver!).
The horse was better secured than most toys, requiring a few more impatient minutes to get it open. I left some of the accessories attached to the packaging to be opened later because Shortcake was not going to wait any longer for her new acquisition.
Finally, after much tension, worry and frustration (all of it on my part), the horse was free and ready to be played with. Squeals of delight were heard from Shortcake, which made it all worthwhile.
The horse arrived after Shortcake accompanied me to the doctor. I’ve had the crud this week and wanted to get on the road to recovery sooner rather than later. This blame my general lethargic feeling and weariness from coughing as to why I didn’t think before opening the package with the horse. It also made me wonder just why the manufacturers of cold medicine put the doses in packaging that leads you to believe you can just tear it open if you tried hard enough. Honestly, I think the Incredible Hulk would have a problem opening the cold medicine. In fact, this may be one of the reasons that Bruce Banner transforms into the Hulk to begin with.
The irony of this being the tenth anniversary of the premiere of Breaking Bad occurred to me. No where in the early episodes of the show did we see Walter and Jessie struggling to open up all the packets of cold medication in order to make their infamous blue product.