Part of my role as Dad is to teach life skills, truth, correct political views (just kidding!), and certainly, to share faith. I can point the way when it comes to matters of faith. I can display mine where my girls can see it, but for faith to be effective in their lives, they must develop their own. Moses gave an overview of my responsibility:
These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.
Deuteronomy 6:6-7 (NASB)
My daughters are grown, making their own decisions, but my job is not finished. We’re in a new season of friendship, and I must tread softly. It is not my place to dictate or demand but it is my privilege to be close at hand with wisdom, advice, or help as their needs arise. My teaching responsibility never ends though my methods must change.
Michelle emailed me a link to her Pinterest board and a picture showing some guy’s mega-bucks closet storage creation. Michelle’s question was, “Can we build something like this for my pantry?” Years of training and engineering experience bring a defined slant to my approach. I countered with, “What problem are you trying to solve?”
In Michelle’s home the builder included a pantry beside the fridge and behind the tiny door are shelves from the famous closet product vendor. A few cans of soup and a box of Cheerios make the little wire wisket scream, “Help me! I’m sagging!”
I explained we could solve the problem with a cost effective solution and with little downtime for her kitchen. She had a couple of vacation days to enjoy by year’s end and we agreed on a time. Welcome to adulthood, Darling—using your vacation time to work on the house.
The pantry solution is a simple cleat/shelf design using pre-primed wood from Home Depot. The work presented an opportunity to share some knowledge:
- Predrill to avoid wood splits.
- Level shelf cleats across the closet using a pipe and bullet level.
- Make cross-cuts with a circular saw. This was her first time and she did great. Next time add eye protection!
- Laugh at Dad squeezing into a tiny space then point out the paint in his hair is gray so no one will see it.
Children! You gotta’ love ‘em! Even more when they grow up.