That You HATED Having to Learn back then, But You Are SO Glad You Know It Today?

We talked about that very thing on the show today--and for me when I was a kid--my Dad used to make me go up on the roof with him to repair leaks. Keep in mind that I'm deathly afraid of heights--it's bad enough for me to be on a roller coaster or up in a high rise and looking out a window... Let alone sitting in the window seat on an airplane. Nope. Not gonna do it. Can't make me. Oh wait--yes he could, because he was Dad.

So--up the ladder I went--lugging a roll of tar paper and a bucket of tar--to the second story at the back of the house where there was a landing to stand on above the back bedroom on the first floor... (where the satellite dish is now)...

THEN---it was time to climb the second ladder up to the very top above the second floor--where we could then roll out the tar paper and open the 5 gallon bucket of tar to go over "damaged" sections of the roof.... At least the roof was flat (for the most part) and had a slight slope upward towards the front of the house, where it would then split with an eve.

Whether I wanted to or not--I learned how to repair a roof. And before we sold this house--the house my mom grew up in and the one I would grow up in after--back in 1989--I learned to not only roof, but how to dry wall, do popcorn ceilings, hang paneling, lay down ceramic tile in the bathroom and install glass shower doors. It was a lot for an 18 year old kid to learn--remodeling the entire second floor. But it taught me and prepared me for when I'd become an adult and a homeowner myself one day. So thanks Dad. Sending you guys some heavenly love. Say hi to mom up there for me!

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