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TOM WRIGHT

Just look for the release button

Broken down for hauling, a Graco baby stroller resembles a flattened hermit crab.

Erect, it's equally crabby when time comes to fold it and go home if you don't know the right button to push.

In our family, Graco baby products are top line, but with a caveat: Grandparents need an instruction sheet for making the stroller go back to looking like a hermit crab once you've finished with it.

"I'll get the stroller out of the back while you get Trey and Ruby Gray out of their car seats," Regina said on our recent visit to Savannah to see our daughter Lynn and her family.

We were taking the grandchildren to Soft Play at a local mall.

She was faster than Jeff Gordon's NASCAR pit crew hammering out a dented fender. And that became a problem when it was time to store the stroller for the drive home.

She didn't know how to compact the stroller into scrunched up metal tentacles.

"What button did you push to unfold it?" I asked in frustration, after I, too, failed.

She didn't know.

The mommy of an 8-year-old pulled into the parking lot. Ahh, help.

It had been so long since she had used a Graco she couldn't remember how to break it down.

"But there is a button somewhere," she said, trying to be helpful.

I couldn't find it. Neither could the teen male who looked like an engineering student.

"You've just got to find the release," he said, and moved on.

A young couple with an infant came by. I pleaded for their help. He wasn't interested but she, subscribing to the theory that a swift kick or a good shaking will fix most things, grabbed the handle with both hands.

Presto! We had a pancaked hermit crab. Success startled her but she recovered.

"The release is under the handlebar," she said.

"The release is under the handlebar," I echoed for Regina.

"Just like an engineer to make it simple," she groused.

Tom Wright Tom Wright
DAILY Executive Editor

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