Wednesday, December 5th, 2012
You are sharpening your handyman skills quicker and more professionally than I am.
Last weekend we took you to meet your friend Sophie Culpepper at Home Depot’s Little Helper Headquarters, where once a month they have a free craft activity for kids.
We are now are the proud new owners of a wooden picture frame that you made.
Okay, so actually, it was me who glued the 4 pieces of wood together, then drove the nails through, as well.
But afterwards, you got to swing the hammer, while wearing your safety goggles, of course.
If we keep this up, it’s going to be you teaching me how to make bookshelves and change out a bathroom sink, along with all those other things I’m already supposed to know how to do because I’m your dad.
It used to be that I never really cared too much about learning how to do handyman stuff. However, when you came along 2 years ago, I started feeling a greater responsibility to become more involved in fixing stuff around the house.
That’s actually part of the reason the logo for The Dadabase is a wrench.
Becoming a dad inspired me to want to become Mr. Fix It; even it’s the worst version, which is any token sitcom dad of the 1980′s. I feel responsible for teaching you how to work with tools.
The thing is, I barely own any tools. But every time Mommy assigns us a new job, together you and I will figure it out, buying the necessary tools along the way.
It’s just like when I started this whole being a dad thing. I never really knew what I was doing, yet you never seemed to notice.
Sometimes the best way to teach someone is by learning in the moment, out of necessity. I have a feeling that’s going to be the way I teach you a lot of things in life, Son.
Here goes nothing…