Try as I might I failed to unravel the enigma. Tears of miserable frustration flowed time after time.
“You can do this,” my parents encouraged, hiding their exasperation at my continued incompetence.
“No I can’t,” I moaned, foiled again by the perplexing challenge of threads and loops that lay before me.
Until ultimately the mystery revealed itself, the tears dried and I joined the millions who’d rejoiced in solving the age-old conundrum.
I learnt how to tie my shoelaces.