scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Real Men Do Sew (was Sewing, Power Sew...)
Wed May 24 2000 - 07:52:45 CDT
Auntie, Pete, and Tee - you're all correct!
And, what's more, it beats spit-shining shoes and boots. (Explained
Auntie's box is growing. If you include Tee's stapler you should also
have a staple remover. BTW staples hold up to washing machines and
(mine) don't readily rust. Case in point my "Agitator" patch that's
stapled over my sewn-on "Trained" patch (that's another story...).
I came upon my sewing skills honestly. My mother was an excellent
seamstress and made much of our clothing and my father was an auto
mechanic and taught me about machinery. Combine those two with the
male's genetic predispositon towards tools and I sew up a storm on a
It also explains (partially) the division of labor in our household. I
do the sewing and mending and my wife takes out the trash (she's the
neat one and I'm the collector).
Oh, yes - spit shining. I couldn't do it worth a darn (no, I don't
darn). One of the rites of passage in the military, spit-shining is one
of those requisite military skills (like disassembling and cleaning an
M-1 blindfolded) that is demanded of you. So while I was a grunt, and
living in the barracks (same, I presume, true aboard a ship), I bartered
my sewing skills for (Be All You Can Be) shoe-shining and other tasks.
So, moms out there, while you shouldn't let your boy's grow up to be
cowboys - tailors ain't bad.