When my Dad passed away on October 7, 2006, a big part of what was lost included his experience, the stories that only he could tell with such enthusiasm and humor. Those stories are, for the most part, gone. I remember them, but not how to tell them in a way that reverberated in the same way.
One consequence of the loss of his experience also involved losing access to a precious resource. Like any young man (or middle-aged one as my teenager is apt to point out), one’s father is a source of wisdom about a life question. Often, that wisdom came in the form of practical advice or reframing a situation so that the question became less about what others would do, but how I would find a way ahead amidst uncertain conditions.
This morning, I found myself at Home Depot
, buying one of those snake like slinky coils (“a flex hose”) to conduct the hot air from the back of my clothes dryer to the hole in the wall. I’d had an off and on struggle with the darn thing, trying to get it to stay on. It was one of those situations I gladly would have called my Dad for. In some ways, I’m embarrassed to admit that I didn’t know what to do. I’ve been a homeowner for some time now…why didn’t I know the best way to attach that silvery hose to the back of the dryer so it would stay put?
Fortunately, the Home Depot folks helped me out…I bothered the greeter, the two ladies in the kitchen cabinet area, and finally, the man who put the right equipment in my hands that will get the job done (I haven’t tried it yet…I want to reflect a bit longer on what needs to be done).
Afterwards, my wife asked, “Why didn’t you google it?” as we drove through the windy wet misty that made going outside such an unpleasant chore. “You know,” I replied, “I don’t know.” Why hadn’t I availed myself of the most powerful tool available, the pooled knowledge of humanity online?
Bloggers, podcasters, search engines and digital content creators of all types of have made it possible for us to learn virtually anything we want to even if we don’t have the money. If you want to learn anything chances are there is somebody creating content about the subject and sharing it with the world at no cost.
Source: 5 Ways to Give Yourself an Education that Kicks the Crap Out of the One You Got in School
These resources would have been helpful and alleviated some of my frustration:
Dad probably would have helped me do the work described in the resources. In his absence, I’m grateful for those who have taken the time to prepare these resources for me!
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