I’m not a jack of all trades; I’m a master of many. I don’t feel there is anything I can’t do if I want to. – Evel Knieval
This March, we’ll be celebrating Papaw’s 80th birthday. I wouldn’t call him Evel Knievel, but in his lifetime, he has seen and done a little bit of everything.
Long before most household repairs and improvements required either a license or a permit, my dad had no problem getting the job done. He was a machinist by trade, but he also served as our resident plumber, carpenter, electrician,… He may have had a unique approach to some things, but the end result was usually masterful.
When dad wasn’t working, he was busy inventing and creating things. I remember him having projects going on in the backyard all the time. He built a plane, a submarine,… Not models, The Real Life-size Working Things.
As a boy, he was flying planes before he was old enough to have a driver’s license. He’s enjoyed deep sea diving, fishing, treasure hunting, and traveling.
Now he volunteers full time with Meals on Wheels, and is passionate about taking care of “his people”. He’s also a bit of a poet and a painter. I don’t think there’s much he hasn’t done, or couldn’t do. But I’m most grateful for his Papaw skills. My girls are as different as night and day, and somehow he has managed to be up to the tasks.
Love you Papaw! Happy 80th Birthday!!
Until Next Time,
Know The Hope!