A Guy Called Bloke has posed this question as part of the Oh Prompt Me Do!! series.
What talent have you always wanted to have and why?
Tell us about it…. and if you did have this talent how would you use it to your advantage in your world today?
As I was writing to one of my brothers, who is currently incarcerated in a TX prison, telling him of my travails, it came to me what talent I have always wanted to have: mechanical skills. This winter, I have an almost-new snowblower in the garage that won’t start, and a brand new – only used once – generator sitting here that won’t start either. Last spring I had to have my riding lawn mower picked up by the hardware store for repair and maintenance. Because it was spring and everybody was doing the same thing, it took at least 6 weeks to get it back. In the meantime I was forced to go out and buy a small push mower to at least mow the front yard of tall dandelions. It is very frustrating to own machinery that should work but doesn’t. It is frustrating to have to pay someone to do repair and maintenance on the machines. My ex-boyfriend was a mechanical wizard. I never had to worry about any of this when he was here. I have a handyman that helps me out, but the handyman goes to FL for the winter and won’t get back until late spring. If I had mechanical skills all of this would be child’s play.
Included in the mechanical skills would be the ability to use a chainsaw to cut up the gigantic willow limb that is now lying in the front yard, as well as the trees that have fallen out back which are now blocking my walking path.
When my brothers and I were growing up, my stepfather taught them how to fix machines and build houses. I was left to tend to the younger children, clean the house, do the laundry, cook, etc. There is something not right about this setup for girls. It conditions them to feel incompetent in important areas.