Don’t Throw It Away – Fix It!

My daddy was an epoxy glue wizard. I never have gotten the knack of it. Even in our modern era, epoxy calls for pharmacist/chemist-type mixing skills. Daddy was a pharmacist (before he became a lawyer), and he really loved chemistry. Epoxy beats out Elmer’s and Gorilla for long-term repair, but you have to be careful to wipe off all excess glue. You also have to have patience, because it takes a long time to dry. No, I’m not an expert at working with epoxy glue, but I am an expert at watching the process. I’ve also spent many hours watching Daddy repair wiring issues with a solder gun. Nothing seemed beyond fixing to him. If it was worth paying good money for, it was worth taking care of and fixing it if it broke.

Home Care Orlando FL - Don’t Throw It Away - Fix It!

The art of fixing has gone with the wind. Disposable everything has won the day. Why would I repair this when I can buy another one for under 20 bucks? As time has passed with this thinking, people have lost the confidence in being able to repair their belongings themselves. If it’s too expensive to replace, then they call “experts” to come in and save the day. Our parents and grandparents did not default to repair people. They worked to fix it themselves. I always thought Daddy knew everything about everything, which he pretty much did. Still, I was amused when I found his stash of “how to” books. If he didn’t know how to repair something, he read about it and learned how to do it.

I really admire the grit, gumption, and resourcefulness of the generation that fixed things. My Daddy died many years ago, but I feel his presence every time I enter the garage to search for just the right tool or doodad I can fashion to fix whatever I need to repair in our house. Sometimes, I need to call in the experts. Many times, I just need to call in my ancestors.

If you or an aging loved-one are considering Home Care Services in Orlando FL, please contact the caring staff at Flourish in Place Home Care Solutions today.  Proudly serving Orange, Osceola, Seminole, and Brevard Counties. Call 407-845-9797.

 

About Melanie Lee

Robert “Kim” Lee and Melanie Ann Lee founded Flourish in Place to help seniors and adults with disabilities thrive and flourish while leading dignified and independent lives in the comfort and safety of their own homes. Kim and Melanie raised three remarkable children while helping care for Melanie’s wonderful mother, Kathryn, who lived a rich life despite dealing with bipolar disorder all her life and suffering later from post-polio syndrome. Melanie has cared for her intellectually disabled older sister for the past 18 years as Melinda’s court-appointed plenary guardian. Kim’s mother, Betsy, suffers from severe dementia. She lives in her own home with the help of compassionate family members as well as paid caregivers. Kim and Melanie’s life experiences caring for others influenced their desire to help people not merely “age in place” -- but flourish at home. Kim and Melanie are both Certified Senior Care Managers. Melanie is also a science teacher.
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