Friday, April 11, 2014
Junk In The A To Z Challenge
Junk, the final frontier..or something like that. Today is the letter J in the A to Z Challenge and I chose junk for the journey into Adulthood. When I was younger I grew up with junk in our yard. No it wasn't a junk yard but my Dad collected stuff over the years. We had a car frame, old lawn mowers and other random things that my Dad thought he should keep...just in case. Growing up I was a minimalist because I didn't want to be the junk guy when I got older. Quick story, picture this...Christmas 1997, we had family over for Christmas dinner and were in the middle of prepping, that's when it happened.
The faucet in the kitchen broke. Like it fell the fuck off and water was spraying out of the cold water handle. After scrambling to shut to water off, my Dad made an announcement.
"I'll be right back, I'm going to fix the sink."
And with that he put his coat and boots on and headed off into the woods. Now to a normal person, this would seem very, very odd, but to anyone who knew my Dad, you wouldn't think twice, so we all sat in the living room and waited. All of a sudden the front door opens and in walks in my Dad...empty handed.
"Someone stole my good sink I had in the woods, but that's OK because I found my other sink and here's a handle for the kitchen sink."
Yup, because of and old sink laying in the woods, my Dad saved Christmas like some sort of Sanford and Sons Santa Claus.
I told you that story to tell you that as the years have gone on, I have changed and am starting to turn into my Dad. No, I'm not going to save Christmas by going into the woods and getting a sink handle, but if anyone needs a brad new 1989 Panasonic word processor...I'm your man.