They say you can't go back. Well, last night I spent several hours pouring over countless pages of directions and sifting though hundreds of plastic parts putting together a play kitchen that Susan bought for Lily's birthday. I have such memories of late night Christmas Eve and pre-Birthday assembly sessions. Twenty-five years ago when I first started doing this, I would "sometimes" grumble and complain about the incoherent instructions and the impenetrable packaging. I would lament my loss of sleep as I tried to figure out how to attach Part A to Part B at 2 a.m. But as you long time parents know, in less than a blink, toy castles and kitchens and swing sets and basketball goals give way to clothes and make-up and fishing poles and electronic gadgets. No assembly required. OK, this is starting to get sappy. Anyway, I had a blast constructing Lily's Disney Princess Kitchen Extravaganza. And even though I did not make it to bed until after 1:30 I still could not get to sleep. I just kept thinking how blessed Susan and I are to be able to experience these special childhood moments again.
So, as it turns out, you can go back. However, it does cost around $30,000, and you have to take a trip across the globe. It requires being investigated by numerous government agencies, and produces countless other inconveniences and aggravations. Worth every bit of it. Guaranteed!