Tuesday, 10 March 2015

The Adventures of L-Plate Gran: Buggy Blues



It's big, it's purple, and it has three positions. None of them currently mastered by L-Plate Gran. I am talking about the buggy (what DID you think I was talking about?). Little G has a top of the range Stokke buggy and I'm struggling to get to grips with its complexities.

It has a handbag strap, and a drinks holder. There is a matching buggy bag tray and a foot extending thingy. I'm sure somewhere there is a button that will solve world hunger or send drones to bomb ISIS, but heck can I work out how to lower it from sitting to lying?

I remember the old red stripy Maclarens buggy owned when You must be mad was the same age. It had clips at the side to lay it flat. That was it. Easy for the amateur adult-idiot to master. No need to engage brain. Didn't have to go on Google and download an App.

I am just not getting on with the buggy. The wheels spin 360 degrees unexpectedly. The various press/pull/lift/lower buttons defeat me. Little G regards me with an amused expression as I huff and puff and try to alter the seat.

If only she could talk, I'm sure she'd be able to instruct me. She has that patient 'I'm with stupid' expression that I've seen on much older children's faces. But she can't talk, so I struggle on, because at back of my befuddled brain is the lurking fear that if I cannot master the buggy, what hope is there for my future motability scooter?

To be continued ... ...

13 comments:

  1. Somewhere there will be a manual that tells you what everything does. Often you can download these... I speak as one who spent ten, fruitless minutes trying to fold my grandson's buggy to put into the car and ended up chucking it in still upright. Went home and Googled it, to find there was some performance you had to do with one hand and a foot...I would never have guessed in a million years!

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    1. I was joking when I said there's be an app.I should have known better!!!

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  2. Oh yes - I know that feeling - I had the twins once, and they got out and climbed the steps into the house, leaving me with the wretched thing - how the hell was I meant to collapse it so I could get it into the house ... meanwhile two small boys were having a lovely unsupervised time, wondering who would push whom down the stairs ...

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    1. I am dreading when she starts walking!

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  3. The great thing about a MacLaren was that you could release it with your foot, fold with one hand while holding baby in the other & jump on a bus in minutes.

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    1. So far, I have been able to wheel her onto the bus and park Buggy in buggy bit. Only needs one stroppy busdriver and I'm sunk!

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  4. Little G will be wearing an arched eyebrow whilst taking mental notes of your struggles and at some point, in the not too distant future, she will write her own hilarious blog at your expense and to our amusement!....I look forward to it....:)

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  5. Oh good luck it will all be a breeze soon, with plenty of days adventuring out to the park.

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  6. You can't beat those big Silver Cross carriage prams. They could live their whole lives in them and you never needed to click clips or adjust anything. Eeeee! You knew where you were in those days.

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    1. and you could get a week's shopping in too.

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  7. I’ve never been able to get to grips with my grandson’s buggy - much to the derision of daughter No 1 (Mother! It’s simple!) Thank goodness he’s not using it much theses days - just have to dust off the running shoes o.O

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  8. Oh dear! This sounds much like my battle with supermarket trolleys… good luck, super Gran!

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    1. I may have to buy something simpler!

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