To start off, I am constantly reflecting on the passing of my brother in law several months ago….
On July 26, 2011 my brother in law lost his third battle with leukemia. I want to thank everyone for their prayers through that time. This has been a long sad year for myself and my wife’s family. My brother in law was just like a brother to me, we didn’t see eye to eye on everything, but he would come running anytime I would call, no questions asked. Even if it killed him to run on the two metal hips he had as a result of treatments for the first two battles with leukemia. He’d finally met a girl worth marrying and had started saving to buy her a ring, only to have it all ripped away.
At the beginning of this year, I set five woodworking goals to accomplish before the years end. My work bench, a wood screw making machine and a toolbox, the other two projects were gifts for other people. I was looking through sketchup files and one of my notebooks that I keep my ideas in and came across the drawings I’d made of these would be projects. Up to this point I’ve not managed to work any one of them except for the bench. I glued up the bench top months back, planed it for about 30 minutes and that’s where the fun ended.
In the past week I’ve managed to get a little free time and re honed my plane blades and gotten back in the shop. Within the past two months I helped my would be nephew (he would have been my brother-in-law’s step-son, had my brother in law been able to get married) build a soap box derby car for the local boy scouts. Just this past week I’ve managed to get back to the shop to start re-working that bench top.
Tonight I made it out to the shop to do a little work on a project needed for making some Christmas presents. While cutting a small piece of plywood on the table saw, I managed to bump the off-cut back into the blade. It shot up and hit me in the chest above my heart. The piece breezed past my face and hit the wall just behind me with a thud. I am ok, bruised, sore and ego whipped, but ok none the less. This was the one time I didn’t have my safety glasses on…. I killed the power to the saw and thanked God for the fact that I’m not sitting in the ER. I turned the lights off, locked up and came in the house. I might not be the brightest person in the world, but I know when to walk away.
Where am I going with this? I don’t know. Life is short, bad things only take a moment to happen that can change your life. Sometimes you have a chance to change things and sometimes you don’t, such is life.
-- Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect. Vince Lombardi