If I Had a Hammer



If I Had a Hammer

If you could learn a trade — say carpentry, electrical work, roofing, landscaping, plumbing, flooring, drywall — you name it — what skill(s) would you love to have in your back pocket?

If I could have learned any trade – to be a master of a new skill-set – I would love to have the skills of my father. He hand-built our house from the forest timber of a standing oak to the dwelling in which I was raised. He felled the trees, trimmrd the lumber, dug the foundation footers, laid the block, poured the cement for the basement, set the beams and rafters, raised the walls, and covered the edifice with a tin roof. He did the electrical and the plumbing needed in the house. He hung the doors and windows, cut and laid the wooden floors, plastered and painted the walls and ceilings. He was a man of many skill-sets. Back-in-the-day… a man had to build his own home from the lands that he settled upon. This was my dad.

Now, I struggle with disobedient light bulbs and mildew. I know the truth to the saying, “An acorn does not fall far from the tree.”… But in this case, the acorn much have been caught in a windstorm?

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “If I Had a Hammer.”


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