MLMM Tale Weaver — The Right Tools

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“It’s all about having the right tools, Butch,” my father used to say to me. He used to call me Butch because I guess he thought that made me sound more rough and tumble than I actually was.

“And, Butch,” he’d said, “if the only tool you have is a hammer, you’ll treat everything as if it were a nail.”

My father was very handy around the house and he was always building things and fixing things. I did not inherent that skill set and preferred instead to wield a pen rather than a hammer.

After I grew up, got married, and bought a house, though, it became clear to me that learning to fix things and build things had a certain value. So I taught myself how to be handy around the house. I bought all kinds of tools and became quite adept. I was able to impress my wife and kids with my handiwork.

But as I grew older, I became less inclined to use my hammer and more interested, once again, to use my pen. Ultimately I sold or gave away most of my tools, keeping only a hammer, a screwdriver, and a wrench.

My wife has been on my back recently because I haven’t yet gotten around to fixing some shelving in the pantry that had broken. The next time my wife nagged me about the pantry shelving, I remembered What my father used to says about hammers and nails.

I turned to her and said, “The only tool I have left, dear, is a hammer, and right now you’re looking an awful lot like a large and very annoying nail.”


Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Tale Weaver prompt.

8 thoughts on “MLMM Tale Weaver — The Right Tools

  1. Michael June 7, 2018 / 4:44 pm

    At least you said with love in your heart. Didn’t you? Thanks for adding to the tale weaver, I did enjoy your take mainly because I came from a family of builders and I didn’t inherit any of their skill.

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  2. Sight11 June 7, 2018 / 4:46 pm

    If you ask me to fix anything you’re inviting trouble. And it was good that you stopped your post with the last line.

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