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?
Most people don’t actually know this about me, but I secretly know my way around power tools. Dropsaw, jigsaw, hammer drill etc – I’ve used them all before…
It’s something that I’ve written about previously, and the only way I can explain is that regardless of how much of a fractured and non-existent relationship I had with my father when I was a kid, when I was forced to hang out with him up in the shed, I guess whatever he taught me stuck. I think he tried his best to get me involved, and so would supervise me whenever he’d get me to cut timber on the drop saw, or create some rounded edges using the router… and despite the fact that I was probably only seven or eight when he first showed me, I guess it was just something that stayed in my brain. Even when we renovated our house, and he’d get me to help him out, it would have been one of the absolute last things I would have ever wanted to do, but as a kid you don’t necessarily get a chance to decline.
Now, I may not have used a drop saw, belt sander or a router since then, I still know how to actually use them. I just pass it off as information that was so heavily repressed to the deepest, darkest corners of my brain, simply because they’re associated with my father, and well, that’s a Pandora’s Box that I’m just not ready to open right now… but who knows… stay tuned and you never know what i might come out with.
Evidently, if I could learn a trade, it would be as a Carpenter… although I’d kind of like to like to learn about being a sparkie (Electrician). I also wouldn’t mind being a painter or a landscaper, but let’s face it, being a landscaper involves far too much manual labour.