Friday, May 8, 2020
I ain't Getting Old gracefully
Cars of beauty:
1952 Crestlind Ford
I am trying to accept my ‘loss of something’ from past work history. I have never made so many ‘small’ mistakes in my life.
Today in one incident, I cut a board wrong three times. I had let my level drop once, I mismarked the next one, and last, I did not follow the line. I actually did not lose a piece of lumber; it was used on another step. But I laughed out loud thinking of one of my dad’s tales about sawing a plank. He said, “I cut that plank three times and it was still too short.”
I misplace tapes, levels, squares and pencils more than I ever did. I know these projects are for me. It keeps me off the streets and from running every one’s lives, BUT it is still a concern to me.
I said once or twice to myself today: remember the old carpenter’s rule, measure twice cut once! So I answered myself, I did, and still marked it wrong. LOL
The above is jest, and serious fact. You do lose some capabilities as you age.
I will never forget my brother Odis. Wood was his gem. He could do about anything with wood. I have mentioned as a trucker he drove past the USS North Carolina every week. He started building one. He ended up with a 9 ft. scale model. He won The ‘Gold Hammer Award’ from Mechanics illustrated.
In his later years he built our mother a small desk. He was proud of it. My heart sank when I saw it. It wasn't at his skill level, more a kids project. It broke my heart, but I would never have hurt one of my hero’s feelings.
This is Odis and one of Columbus's ships the Pinta, he did models of all three. There were about 15 ships in his fleet.
I know skills can be lost but I still enjoy trying, so I plan to keep on, and hope I know when it is time to hang up my hammer. LOL.