I learned something new today.
They say you should make that your goal each day, you know? So today I did it, and that makes me glad. Doesn’t happen every day, so it’s kind of a big deal.
Today Leroy and my Fella were hanging some shades for me. It was no small task, and I am thankful they were willing to take it on together.
While they worked and Mess Cat and I visited, the thought occurred to me–the thing that Mama often quoted:
“Many hands make for light work.”
But that’s nothing new; I already knew that one.
And I thought about another thing I know from home repairs and home projects–“Measure twice, cut once.”
That one came in handy big time with this project. We almost made a really big mistake.
It’s a good thing to remember–like “righty tighty, lefty Lucy.” I use that phrase a lot–especially when I’m outside turning on the water spigot. I love little memory tricks like that.
But it was when the project hit a snag today that I learned a new and important part of home improvement projects.
Leroy and the Fella were putting their heads together over what would be the best next step to take. The Fella mentioned our local hardware store not far from here, and Leroy’s face lit up. “Yeah, I’ve been wanting to go in there.” They were both smiling at this point. It was pretty close to precious.
“You know, it’s not a real home project until you have to make at least one trip to the hardware store,” Leroy told me.
Really? No, I didn’t know.
But I do now.
After they returned and were working on putting holes where holes needed to be and not putting holes where holes didn’t need to be, Leroy put a hole in one of his fingers. (Well, not a hole exactly, but there was plenty of blood.) He asked for a paper towel and a band-aid. As I went to gather them, I thought of another quote of Mama’s: “The right tools make any job easier.”
Leroy quickly cleaned himself up, put on the band-aid, and went back to work, announcing, “A trip to the hardware store and an injury. That’s how you know we’re almost done.”
Again, good to know. Duly noted.
Tonight I’m thankful for windows with shades and for the two guys who made that happen. Isn’t it awesome that we all have different gifts and talents and that we can share those to help others around us? I give thanks for a job well done and for lessons learned in the midst of it. All other lessons aside, Leroy taught me once again about the gift of grace. He set out to do the job, but his game plan allowed for grace. Grace when all the necessary tools weren’t in place, and grace for when there was a mistake. He didn’t beat himself or anyone else up and make the whole experience even more difficult than it already was. He had built-in grace. We need something we don’t have? No worries, we can go see what they have at the hardware store that can work. A slip of the hand and there’s a cut and blood? No problem, clean it up, slap on a band-aid, and let’s finish this job. I love it. Today my brother-in-law and my Fella taught me that even in home projects, in the words of my Bubba, “It’s never that serious.” It’s all about getting it done. Doing the best we can with what we have and keeping our wits about us. Working with others and helping folks out. With smiles on our faces and grace in our hearts.
Kind of sounds like a good way to go about life too, doesn’t it?
Love to all.
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I have never heard righty-tighty, lefty-Lucy but am glad I know it now. It will help take the guess-work out of a few things I encounter. How did I get to be 62 without knowing this? Hope to see you Wednesday with my mom. But I do have a lot of reading to catch up on!
I guess that should have been lefty–Loosey, but oh well, you knew what I meant. It does help me a lot–I still use it, and I heard Cooter saying it the other day. It was great seeing you and your Mom. Looking forward to being with you Monday.