Of Course They Did… The Dutch Are Always Prepared

by farrah on May 5, 2013 · 6 comments

I’ve talked before about how I get the feeling that the Dutch are practical, prepared and for the most part an extremely even-keeled people. Of course- that’s not saying I think they’re perfect. No one is perfect. However- I have to say that in times of need we have yet to be disappointed or let down by someone.


So yesterday we went out to get the boys a sandbox. My friend sent me an email with the flyer of a local store that had a really cool one on sale. We went to go get it- and after much confusion and delay (extra points if you get that reference) we found the only one assembled as the display in the back of the parking lot.

Next to it was an even cooler red and white wooden house.

We wanted both. Of course.

Since they were both the models- I told my husband that we should ask them for a deal on the pair considering they were in less than new condition. He agreed and went in to talk to someone. While I stood there watching B and C play in and out of the house- I realized “How will we get this thing home?”. We didn’t have a truck- and as far as I know U-Haul isn’t here. We weren’t exactly at Home Depot where you can rent one of theirs and I rarely ever see anyone driving a big pickup truck- let alone one of the neighbors to ask to haul it home. What to do?

When my husband came back he told me that not only would they give us a nice price- but they also had trailers you could use as long as we signed up for a store customer card  to rent it for free.

After two successful trips- we were home with our new possessions. We knew that the trouble the sandbox caused getting all the way into the back yard was going to be quadruple that with the house. It was all wood- and fits together like a puzzle. Everything was nailed together and there was no way we could take any of it apart. It was very heavy and awkward as well. No idea how we were going to get it from the trailer, up the driveway, onto the patio- over the deck and into the yard. As husbands often do- he assured me all would be well.

First he asked a guy he saw walking down the street to help get it off the trailer and into the driveway. We next asked our neighbors if their 20something son could help us. Alas, the son was away and the husband had a hernia in his neck. But of course the mom would be happy to help.

Not only did she come to our aid- this lovely late-50s aged lady- but with her she brought a large wooden pallet on wheels. We could put the house on the pallet and roll it into the backyard. Which is exactly what we did, successfully (much to the joy of all concerned).

Last night I said to my husband- “You know. That’s pretty convenient that she had that roller thing to get the house back there.” And his reply to me was simply:

“Of course she did.”

And he is right. Of course she had the perfect thing to help us. Again- you Dutch people making me wonder why you’re not ruling the world.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 KerryB May 6, 2013 at 2:21 am

I know ! All your stories of the Dutch is amazing. They could teach us Americans a little about being prepared and kind:)
Both are adorable! What fun you are having:)


2 farrah May 6, 2013 at 5:48 am

Being prepared, keeping your cool, and the list goes on and on. We love the houses- thanks! Now how will I get these back to the states when the time comes….


3 Kerry b May 6, 2013 at 11:23 pm

I’m sure a Dutch stranger will help.


4 Greta May 6, 2013 at 2:21 am

That’s awesome, and so are those two play structures!


5 farrah May 6, 2013 at 5:49 am

I agree! Good weekend finds for sure.


6 Gayla September 8, 2014 at 7:34 pm

Resourceful and well-prepared should be the Dutch motto. And as for the neighbor lady being the one to help, I’ve noticed that Dutch women are some of the most outgoing, hardy, and confident women anywhere. So glad this all turned out well for you. Seems you’ve found a great community in which to settle 🙂


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