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Whether housing old cars or serving as a workshop, my dad's garage is more than just a big room with a roll Nike Jackets Images
A classroom for the family
Some of the earliest memories that I have of my dad are of him tinkering in the garage. It did not matter what he was doing, my sisters and I knew my dad could fix, build or make anything better. While there was room in the garage for the things my mom, two sisters and I possessed, the garage was clearly my Nike Sb Pullover dad's domain a lesson we learned early in life. It was always meant to be kept tidy and ready for action.
The true measure of my dad's garage is heartfelt by my family. It was, and is, where my dad walks the well swept floor and ponders his future, his past and his many loved ones. The timbers, tools and machines have all stood silent witness to countless arguments, painful resolutions and even loss. It is where boyfriends were lectured about daughters, daughters were lectured about boyfriends and all of us were counseled on marriage and parenthood.
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designed in his mind and drafted on paper the then brought to life with a torch, drill press, jigsaw and/or other tools.
Underneath the window overlooking our front lawn was my dad's workbench. He made it sturdy and strong and easily able to withstand 100 years of calloused hands, heavy tools and endless fabrication. A heavy vise was anchored to one end with a handmade rack encasing glass baby jars that contained odds and ends on the wall. We did not know too many other fathers on our block who were as ingenious as ours and our friends were always asking him to fix stuff toys, bicycles, wagons, you name it. I do not ever remember bringing something to my dad that he couldn't figure out a way to fix or make just like new. Our dad was something of a miracle worker in the fix'em up department. He still is today.
A brilliant craftsman, my dad made a living working with his hands and could craft just about anything he set his heart upon. Take for example, the yellow Volkswagen Beetle that was towed home one day. A welder, an architect and a hot rod car maniac from his own youth, my dad fabricated an intricate marvel called a dune buggy from the pieces and parts he salvaged. I remember many nights standing near the garage after dinner, peeking around the corner as he welded this contraption together. Through the sparks, there stood my dad, hunched over the metal chassis in a full welding mask, gloves and coveralls like a modern day Henry Ford. I stood in awe back then, as I do now, at the projects he takes on and teaches others all Nike Black Tracksuit Mens
The home I grew up was your standard 1960s tract home with your standard tract home garage but it was anything but ordinary. It was where magic was made, memories created and little girls were often lectured about life.
I remember one Halloween when we were in elementary school and my mom turned the garage into a party room for my sisters and I. That was the same Halloween my dad dressed up as a werewolf and frightened all our friends, yet they kept returning for more of his antics. I also remember the afternoon he trapped a giant tarantula in the garage with a tree stick in a cardboard milk carton while my mom stood huddled in the doorway with their three screaming daughters. I think this is my earliest memory of seeing my dad as a hero. He saved all of us from the scary spider and set the world right for his 7 year old daughter.
painted on the concrete floor with the initials of our first names to show where our bicycles were to be parked each night. This is where the bikes were kept. Not on the side of the house, not next to the car, but rather in our personalized parking slip. Dad was not kidding around.
up door; it is a sacred haven of blood, sweat and tears where wisdom is imparted and life lessons are taught. His garage holds what all of us are looking for in our lives: solace, direction and hope.
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