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?
For nearly 46 years, I’ve watched my talented husband work magic with his hands. He has an arsenal of tools that would make any skilled tradesman weep. Chests, drawers, buckets, his van, two sheds, a garage, a basement–all full of tools varying from gigantic to miniscule. And he knows how to use them all. He understands how t hings come apart, and how to put them back together. If he doesn’t understand it, he’ll figure it out. Sometimes he even consults a book or, more recently, the internet.
Now, there’s something I never thought I’d see–Terry using the internet!
Anyway, as I think about this prompt, I’m not sure I’d want any specific selection of skills. In the tool drawer in my kitchen, I have the basics: Hammer, pliers, flat-blade and Phillip’s screwdriver. Those things usually take me wherever I need to go.
Rather than add to my small tool collection, I think I’d rather have the intuitive understanding Terry does about how to make things work. Machines are a mystery to me; to him, they’re the best toys in the world.
I remember, in ninth grade, a poor frustrated science teacher trying to explain the basics of a car engine to the class. I noticed him glancing up at me several times as he taught, clearly reading the boredom and incomprehension in my eyes. I just couldn’t care. I feel pretty much the same about car engines as I do about football. Meh.
Now, older and a tiny bit wiser, I wish I could have cared. I wish I’d had the same curiosity about mechanical science as I did, for instance, about astronomy. Now, there was a subject I could love!
So, anyway. What skills would I want for this new trade?
An inquiring mind, that’s what. If you have that, everything else will come in its proper time.