By Diane Ako
My husband is not handy. I'll just get that right out there. Those who know him and are reading this are nodding and laughing.
It's not that Claus can't. He just doesn't like it. He has other priorities, and I respect that.
Roughly once a quarter, he will get out and do some manual labor. Last weekend, the stars aligned and we both had time and energy to do some home projects.
He fixed a pendant light over our counter that had been broken for six months. Actually, we had an electrician come and look at it, and the electrician said the whole fixture was broken.
We then bought a new one, and to my complete surprise, he decided to install it himself that weekend. I didn't nag; I didn't even ask. I fully expected one of us to call the electrician again... eventually.
In he walks with a ladder and our little tool box. I'm sorry; I should probably revise that to, Claus has a huge tool box.
I couldn't believe what I was seeing. It was not without mishap, because while removing it, he dropped the old pendant and the glass cover shattered upon hitting the very hard granite counter. We had to stop the action to clean up a zillion shards all over the place.
Then he hung up the new one. I have to admit I didn't think he could do it.
He is brilliant, so brilliant. He can do all sorts of wonderful businessman things, but handyman kind of stuff, not so much. So I was shocked when he turned the switch on and there was light!
Husband wasn't done yet. He also chopped down a non-producing papaya tree and replaced it with a new sapling that we have hopes for. The tree he removed was maybe 12 feet tall? It was rooted in there.
Ax, shovel - who is this guy? My husband usually wields a pen or a remote control. Again, neither of these were things I asked him to do. He just did it.
When it was all done and we headed inside, I praised him heartily.
"I'm a lumberjack," he said smugly, and directed me to search for the Monty Python reference. "Watch it while I shower. That's what I am - but only the first part."
And now I share with you the video that had me laughing out loud. Thank goodness it's only applicable for the first minute!