The other day I was trying to replace the filter of my water purifier. It's like trying to open an over-sized mason jar. You sort of realize that neither of your hands are large enough for the job. If you purchased the one I recommended in a previous post, you'll see what I'm talking about in 6 months. Being the neanderthal that I am, I decided to go outside to look for some implement that would help me unscrew this coconut.
On my way out the door, my 16-year-old son asks what I'm up to. He replies, "Dad, I'll just hold the bottom, and you twist the top". I thought, "Shit... that sounds like a better idea than wandering the apartment complex looking for some cro-magnon tool". So, we go into the kitchen. He holds the bottom. I twist the top... and the damn thing unscrews. I had to apply quite a bit of torque, but he was able to hold the bottom in place.
I realized that it hadn't occurred to me to ask him for help because I still thought of him as a child. It's funny what will trigger an a-ha moment. As I looked up, I saw that it was a man who had just helped me.