Thinking specifically about the woodworking I do, I wanted to give thanks on this Thanksgiving Day for the people in my life which have to put up with the side effects of my hobby.
My wife supports the woodworking projects I do without any grumbling. I say this because there are times when I am in my workshop building things when I should be painting our foyer, or staining our screen porch or raking leaves – the list could go on and on. She has not said a word. There are tasks related to the house which my wife labels as “man’s work”. She understands I need a creative outlet even though there is man’s work to be done. I am very thankful for that.
My daughter is very kind when she walks down the stairs to my workshop and asks me to turn down the music I am listening to. It is amazing how loud the little speaker connected to my iPad can be. There are two woodworking projects which my daughter wants me to complete for her. She exhibits patience as I fit them into my woodworking schedule. Thank you little girl for being understanding.
Both of them have to put up with things like the unbelievable sound of my hammer drill while they are watching Big Bang Theory or the sound of the loudest machine in my shop – my planer, while watching some Zombie show on TV. They don’t get upset when I track sawdust across the area rug in our family room. And there is the rare occasion when they hear a bad word being emitted from my workshop and they say nothing. They put up with all of this.
So on this Thanksgiving Day 2013, when I could easily give a woodworking thank you to the people at Jet Tools who made my tablesaw or to the guy who owns my local Woodcraft store which decided to locate about 10 minutes from my house, I want everybody who happens upon this blog to know that I am blessed with a supportive wife and daughter; and for that I sincerely give thanks!
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