My grandfather was a set builder, mostly for MGM, during the “Golden Age of Hollywood.” His garage was filled with Craftsman hand and power tools that lasted forever and made his woodworking hobby much more enjoyable (much of the furniture in my home was built by him). My grandmother also bought top of the line sewing and kitchen tools. I am the lucky recipient of the sewing tools that have lasted well over 50, 60, 70+ years.
In The Home Economics Omnibus, we are told that we should view our homemaking tools just as a carpenter views his tools…
A good carpenter is known by his tools and the state in which he keeps them. Too frequently a homemaker’s tools are makeshifts. Very often good utensils are kept in poor condition. If you help wash dishes at home, and if any of the utensils are not in good condition, is any of the poor condition of those tools due to your carelessness, for instance (emphasis added)?
Ouch. I’m guilty of putting things in the dishwasher that I know shouldn’t be put in there because I feel too lazy to fill up the sink and wash them by hand. The irony is that I prefer washing my dishes by hand, but I get all cranky and rebellious about doing the dishes. It probably stems from a lot of childhood drama/pain associated with washing the dishes.
As a result of my rebelliousness, my cutlery goes dull rather quickly and, instead of having them sharpened, I just keep using dangerously dull knives or I buy a new set of them at Target. Another result is that tools end up getting rusty because the detergent wears the protective coating off of them.
I would never treat my sewing tools this way…yet, I’ve never thought twice about my kitchen tool carelessness.
Hmmmmmm…..It might be time I let the drama/pain go so that I can “grow up” and take care of all of my tools so that they last forever (or, at least, a very long time)