This morning a colleague of mine stuck his head into my office and said, "I have to run down the road for a minute. A belt on my son's truck came off and he doesn't know how to get it back on."
As I sit here sipping tea, I think about how it's a rarity these days that people know how to do basic stuff. Admittedly I don't know much at all about cars so I'd be at a loss with a rogue belt, but I *do* know how to change a tire, little ole me, although I'm not sure I'm strong enough to unscrew those pesky lug nuts.
Part of the mystique of characters like James Bond and McGyver is that they have knowledge and ingenuity. Where are the people like that? Why aren't MORE people like that? It's not like you actually have to pay for that knowledge. Talk to your parents or grandparents. They know lots of stuff. Read a book, look on the Internet. There are lots of great how-to sites.
My husband and I are raising two boys. I want them to be good at things, to be confident and capable, to be problem solvers. I like the idea of them having a few old-fashioned values and I want them to "know stuff".
What do you think is valuable for people to know? I started my own list. Can you help me add to it?
I think everyone over the age of 18 should know how to:
- change a tire
- shake hands
- make gravy
- write a proper thank you note
- make paper airplanes
- iron a shirt
- sew on a button
- make coffee
- read a map
- jumpstart a car
- unclog a toilet
- use a compass
- grow vegetables
- tie useful knots
- balance a checkbook
- drive a car
- ride a bike
- make fire
- perform CPR and basic first aid
- the Heimlich maneuver
This is just a start. I was tempted to add "when to stop talking" and "how to kill someone with your thumb" but those are probably subjective and would not be on everyone's list. (One of those is on my list of things to learn... I'll let you wonder which one!)
I know there are so many more and we haven't even gotten to YOURS yet. Tell me what is on your list!