Father's Day is next Sunday, June 20, so to honor dads everywhere please share your green living inspiration learned from your father, grandfather, or any dad that you know. I've shared a few things learned from my own dad below.
- "Camping is a vacation, camping near the ocean is four-star luxury." When my siblings and I were kids my dad took the family to many of the most beautiful natural places in British Columbia. The photo above shows him and I on the deck of a seaside cottage on BC's Sunshine Coast that was shared by our family, we would often camp there if someone was staying inside. This location was a rugged quarter mile drive off of the highway through the woods to the cottage perched on a cliff that overlooked the ocean. It was isolated in nature and unforgettable.
- "If something is broken or missing a part, you can probably fix it or fashion a replacement from something you already have." Years ago the timing belt on my classic 1986 Honda Civic snapped, most mechanics would have walked away and called the car a write-off due to engine damage. My dad simply purchased a new timing belt and spent a lot of hours repairing the car, including grafting metal sheets and hammering the engine back into shape. He saved one car from the wrecking yard for at least another 25,000 km.
- "Nothing beats a push mower." He's a fan of push mowers for lots of reasons, certainly because they don't require any fuel or energy and apparently are actually better for lawn growth.
- "Swingsets are made of wood from the hardware store, not from plastic and aluminum kits from the department store that are shipped across the ocean." He made us a swingset entirely from wood and hardware from the hardware store. It lasted for about 14 years with minimal wear. It was eventually taken down only because we were teenagers.
Happy early-Father's Day, Dad, and thanks for everything you have taught me!
Please share things you've learned from dad below.
(Image: Teresa Wright)