Since these days I'm travelling within, here's a picture to mark the day I found joy and pride in my other, more uncool skillsets. I fix up lamps and lights, I own a toolkit, and even though I was spelling plier wrong till before I posted this, I've been using one since before I can remember.
You know how it started? We 3 siblings have been Papa's assistants in every transfer and posting for all of our lives, ALL OF IT. He liked to do it on his own, so every two years, we'd pack and move with 40 trunks, NOT including the appliances. And if this wasn't enough experience on the ground, take into account our apprenticeship with Papa on everything that needed fixing in our homes. He loves taking things apart and putting them back together, fixing what is outside, possibly because the insides are harder to fix, but those being his reasons and his story to live.
I like to believe he loved his little children helping him out, seeing how he took care of it all; he needed show it and we needed to see it too, there weren't many other ways for us to know that there was love between us. He'd call out the tool names, and we'd scurry to bring them from his designated toolbox, sometimes mixing them up and getting a slight reprimand, and while it wasn't as rosy as I make it sound when looking back at it, it was definitely a life-skill he was teaching us. I didn't know then that this man, teaching his girl how to hammer in nails and what wires go where, was giving her something she'd fall back to and cherish so so much, later, and forever in life.
Now if someone's feeling inspired, please gift me a tester and a pair of pliers with built-in wire cutters before I steal it from my old man on the upcoming trip home!
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