I think this is one of the hardest parts. Is it that we don’t like taking? Maybe it is a matter of pride, accepting help even when it might not be needed by ourselves. I needed to realise that others also have a need to give and if they cant allow them give, we are being selfish.
I continually use bearings, might be a dust thing or perhaps I’m just a bit to rough on my wheelchairs. I normally just buy new bearings on line. It is quick and easy. So when I needed some bearings for my chair I gave the task out. I don’t know why but one set of bearings had no numbers on them. This was the set that I offered up to my “Jolly Rouge”(JR). Where can I get bearings? There are no numbers on them what can I do.
This was like lighting a fire under him. He took the old bearings and went to his old job. He still gets called in for specialised jobs marine and other. Seems that these days the knowledge to fix is being lost and sadly it seems that his talents are being forgotten, cheaper to import a new motor from the Far East. So he took the bearings in to be identified. The following week he arrived with a dozen sets of bearings. There are eight bearings on a wheelchair. He was so exited by it all. His old employer (who was originally his apprentice, he had worked for his Grandfather) even gave the bearings for Free. I think again someone wanting to give to someone that is always giving. So all my chairs had new shiny bearings. It is amazing how much easier a wheelchair is to move with a new set of bearings. He has told me some wonderful stories. He still visits a woman in her 90’s that first shown him how to wind a motor. He tell of how she wounf fan motors doing the winding in her hands, no jigs or automation. He said also that she sat talking to other women doing the same thing. They don’t did not even look what they were doing, shame another lost skill.
I recently broke my finger, along with this came a few punctures (coincidence). This really floored me and I was at a loss how to get the punctures repaired. Redlittleredweldingrod even offered to come to Scotland to help. I don’t know why I was sitting being a misery, but I was. Then on Wednesday when the “JR” arrived, I gave him the task. Wow, it was amazing he got straight into it. He spent all day in the shop. Shirley has been on study leave this week and had to drag him away from the wheels to have some lunch. Oh by the way he now comes as before but stays until 5pm unless there is a church meeting. So at the end of the day I’ve got five fully working wheelchairs and a spare set primed and ready to go.
During this same period we had a wall blow down and the shop roof suffered damage due to a we storm here in Scotland. The brick wall had landed on Shirley’s car. It was about ten put long and fell over in one piece. Now there was nothing I could do about it, but did I think that? NO. I was trying to figure ways in which I could remove the wall from her car using, jacks, pulleys, wedges. You know what I mean, I think all us LJ’s think we can tackle anything.
I finally picked up the phone and asked two of my old JR’s to help. One of them started coming her when he was 11 and is now married with two kids. So the next I knew they were both here drinking tea. I asked if they thought they could move the wall and was going to share my ideas. To late, they had moved it in one piece before coming in. I think they knew me well enough to get the job done before I got in the way as is usual for me in these situations. Great guy’s The other of these two has only use of one hand. So I guess it was a win win situation. Still it was hard to pick up the phone.
Then there is the shop roof. Silly as it may sound. I’m trying to figure out how to get onto the roof to get it fixed. Yes Red littleredweldingrod, sent me a PM with thoughts on that one. LoL I was very lucky, rain only got into two places, but it is the dampness that was my worry. Since then I’ve got the dehumidifiers running. All my wood is dry, I cant afford to get a high moisture content into it.
I need not have worried the young 76yr old got my trainee Jon and himself onto the roof and did the repairs. No mean feat when you consider that he has had a hip replacement. Which caused much fun in the shop. He was told that he needed a hip replacement. So in true LJ fashion we eBayed replacements hip joints. Yes, they sell them on eBay
This is one listed at the moment for those of you that want to go one step further. Poor chap we did rag him a fair bit on the new hip. He got his hip operation quite quickly. This stopped him driving for a while. He also enjoyed his children and grandchildren running after him. Well I guess you can only milk the attention so long and the extra attention soon faded. He had not been for three months and as his house was not wheelchair friendly, a visit to him was out of the question. Turns out that he was getting lonely and bored. He was for some reason under the impression that he would not be able to come back. So I phoned him with a problem about one of the machines. Well he must have broken the speed limit. He got here fast, electrical tool bag in hand and got to work on the faulty machine. It was good to have him back and it also felt good to have asked for HELP.
I hope this has shown a wee slice of life here in Coylton Scotland? I also hope that I managed to describe what I mean by Give & Take. The bit about listening I was unsure about putting it in, so if it appeared brash? I do apologise.
I’m going to put in a bit about My Right Hand Man RHM Gordon. It will weave its way back to this piece though.
I’ve had PM’s asking to list my tuition schedule with the projects list. So I thought I would put it as a separate Blog or should it be kept in this Blog?
-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe