Everyone was very excited as the long awaited for project was carried in. Oohs and aahs erupted as he scooted out the TV and placed the shelf in the empty space. "It fits perfectly Daddy!" There was now only the placing in of the TV.
And then Leisel piped up, "Dad, is the TV gonna fit in that little space?" Looking at the TV standing in front of the empty space, it looked a little too tall.
Dad looked up. "Oh, no! Oh no! Um...."
At which point mother looked at him and said, "Well Kelly, you measured the height, right?"
A smile answered the question, along with a nervous laugh. And then the dreaded, "No."
He just stood there in shock. "Let me just look at it for a moment." He sat down....He looked at it for a very long moment...and we all burst into laughs. "I'm not sure what I was thinking! I thought I could just stick that little puppy in there tonight." Then he hopped up, "I'm getting a tape measure." Sure enough, after all that work, and all that time, and after the beautiful masterpiece that had come out of it, it was 1/2 inch short. And no amount of twisting or turning, or cutting, or measuring could make it fit into that space.
..."Man, it sure is a nice shelf though." :)