It’s fair to say that I am not always a patient person. Patient in public maybe, but when I’m trying to learn something I can get easily frustrated. I’ve experienced this with many of my new things already, especially the Rubik’s cube attempt a few months ago: it’s not something I’m hugely proud of, but at least I entertain my husband with my exasperated sighs. I did not have high hopes for today’s new thing: constructing a metal model of the Eiffel Tower.
I don’t recall having built any kind of model before, so this was really going to be a test. I was fearing an Ikea construction kit on a tiny scale, but actually, the sheet of metal didn’t look as bad as I’d anticipated.
As this was metal, it wasn’t easy to get the individual pieces out, and I jabbed myself on the sharp edges a few times. Despite this, I remained calm, determined not to lose my cool so quickly. I followed the instructions, and started with the smallest part first, which in hindsight was probably not the best thing for my patience: it was so small. I really struggled to contort the different parts and may have turned the air blue a few times trying to figure it out. I eventually managed it, and, to my surprise, the rest of the model became easier from there with only a few minor exasperated sighs.
I’m not sure I enjoyed making this. It was quite satisfying finishing it, but I just wanted to fast-forward during the construction which I guess goes against the whole point of model-making. I’m so glad I didn’t get anything more complicated or even smaller – it would have probably put me in a bad mood for the rest of the day!