I want you to show your father some love and/or respect.
– Homer Simpson
From a tender age, my brother and I helped our dad with home improvement projects. Along the way, I picked up some DIY knowledge, but more importantly, I learned not to be scared to try a project, even if you have to learn along the way. I also learned the sense of accomplishment (or is it relief?) that comes from finishing a repair or improvement. So when I recently saw the Fixer’s Manifesto, I immediately thought of Dad.
But there’s another thing that’s not as purely noble as these principles. If you are comfortable fixing and customizing things, you’re more likely to be comfortable with building stuff for fun.
Thanks for teaching me how to fix stuff and to have fun, Dad. Happy Father’s Day!