Craigslist V8 Workbench #3: I've made no progress, and that is ok

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Blog entry by getlostinwood posted 07-30-2013 11:54 PM 1475 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Since my last post I have made absolutely no progress. No photos will be posted and no great advancements boasted about.
You see, I have been consumed with keeping the basics of life in order, while my wife is able to tend to her father in his passing. My father in law will never be listed among the great men of the world. He was not a man of great importance outside his family. He was a man of patience, good will and calm.
He is also the man that has supported my and a few others failures. This seems a strange thought but having the freedom to fail has given me more learning in a short time than I could have ever imagined.
When a business failed and I was unemployed I turned to woodworking, mostly because I had firewood and a bandsaw and needed to feel like I was creating something. He at one time dreamed of a woodworking retirement, that never happened. He was kind enough to bring me just enough stuff to let me actually complete a project or two and feel like I had a shot at creating something decent. This was a small gesture, much smaller than some of his other gestures through the years but has probably turned out to be one of his most enduring. I now have a pretty decent shop, albeit I could use another 100 sq ft, but even before his passing I thought of him every time I used the router or picked out his hammer over mine.
I hope these memories last well beyond my own passing in the form of being able to pass along his tools to my own future son in laws.

I thank my father in law for his help, his example and his gifts (including my incredible wife).

Goodbye JC


-- The basis for optimism is shear terror

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#1 posted 07-31-2013 12:16 AM

My condolences to you both Wayne. I lost my dad when I was 12 and learned early that life does go on. The good things are the memories and the lessons he left you with. He will always be out there in the shop with you looking over your shoulder.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#2 posted 07-31-2013 12:29 AM

sorry for your loss,sunday was the 20th anniversary of my dads passing and i still feel him with me.he sounds like a great man and a great father-in-law.god bless you and your wife.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#3 posted 07-31-2013 01:45 AM

sometimes no progress is just the sort of progress one needs. and sometimes those that seem to be of least importance carry more significance then all the rest… may he rest in peace.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#4 posted 07-31-2013 10:03 PM

A nice tribute to your father-in-law. Condolences on your loss and prayers to you and yours

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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