This post however, will be about a little diversion that my son and I embarked upon a few nights ago. And in the process, I was reminded how a little work time can bring the generations together.
My son received a wonderful gift some time ago. It was a kit to build a wooden monster truck. At six years old, he was excited to get started. Being slightly older, and very busy at work, in the house, and in the shop, I was less enthralled. But finally, my son won me over and we decided that we would open the package and read the instructions and plan our strategy.
|Work begins on our "workbench", the dining room table.|
|The kit was perfect for the younger, aspiring woodworker.|
Everything but the hammer was included and all of the holes were pre-drilled. As a result, the project progressed quickly. I did start most of the nails for him and held the pieces while he hammered. I wanted his first real building experience to be positive. He can learn about the fun of hammer meeting thumb sometime down the road when he is a little less pain averse.
|The finished dalmatian monster truck, complete with ears and tail.|
All in all, it was a great project for father and son. It was a learning curve for me, as I had to tread the fine line between "helping" and teaching. In the end though, he was a great listener, and was able to learn some beginning lessons in woodworking despite my shortcomings as a teacher. We were also able to bond over my hobby, and hopefully one that we will share again in the future. I see a birdhouse in our future this spring. (As an aside, mama and sister were duly impressed with his craftsmanship. Sister will however, not be allowed to touch the truck without permission.) Thanks go out to my parents for providing the gift, sorry it took so long.
|The proud carpenter and his first project, gotta love the urban camo PJ's.|
This Day in (Mostly American) History
1783: Congress ratifies the peace treaty with England
1865: Abraham Lincoln dies the morning after being shot by John Wilkes Booth
1894: Bessie Smith is born
1912: The "unsinkable" Titanic goes down in the North Atlantic
1947: Jackie Robinson breaks the color barrier in Major League Baseball
2013: Three parish and hundreds are badly injured in the Boston Marathon bombing