They said they also had a big shrubbery that needed removing, so I brought my new reciprocating saw. As I showed it off, M told the story of its purchase. "So we go to Lowes, and I'm buying a cover for my grill while my girlfriend buys a powertool! I was feeling a little emasculated...."
Our friend said, "Wow M, I'm proud of you. I've never heard you use that word before."
I laughed. Hopefully she hasn't heard him use the word 'emasculated' all that often either, or that could be trouble. However I think she was so distracted by the word 'girlfriend' that she didn't even notice I had a cool reciprocating saw..... It did a great job of removing the offending shrub though.
Sadly in the end, the project was less than successful. It turned out we were missing some parts. We were supposed to be building a tower with a ladder, a climbing wall, a rope ladder, a long pole with monkey bars and swings hanging down, and a triangle support at the other end. We only managed a tower with a ladder before we realized that several crucial pieces were not in the package. Since it was an internet purchase, we had to call to have the additional parts shipped. (Not only were they unwilling to helicopter them in so we could finish that afternoon, they weren't even willing to answer the phone on a saturday afternoon! Frustrating.)
The little kid we were building it for was a trouper though. He played on the part we had built -- which really just involved climbing up and down the ladder -- without complaint. In fact, he seemed to enjoy it. At only three years old, I'm not sure he really believed he could have a whole swingset anyway. Imagine how much more he'll like it when the darn thing is finished!