While my wife may claim at times that I have selective hearing, there is one statement when heard off in the distance will catapult me off the couch and towards the voice. The faint 3 words coming from Jackson’s soft, somewhat immature voice immediately thrust me into action. “I’ll fix it” is a phrase that can have dire consequences if not managed correctly.
“I’ll fix it” has one of two meanings, but both ultimately will result in me having to fix something – either Jackson broke something and is looking to fix it or he believes something is broken and he is looking to fix it. In the end, it will need to be fixed. However, if I miss my cue and do not respond in a timely fashion to that faint voice, the magnitude of the repair may grow exponentially.
The good news is that Jackson has become curious and really wants to figure out how things work. The bad news is that he is breaking everything. I have begun including him in most household repairs in an effort to fill this need or curiosity. However, this strategy may have backfired as this involvement appears to have emboldened him where he now acts as though he is the Superintendent of the house and takes it upon himself to re-inspect all of the plumbing and attempts to make repairs that he deems necessary. He is constantly changing the setting and re-programming the cable boxes and wire connections. He has begun running maintenance cycles on the dishwashers and washing machine. He has basically become a mechanical menace.
My biggest challenge is it appears that in many areas his knowledge base has now exceeded mine. Although I will continue to rush to his location whenever I hear those golden 3 words “I’ll fix it”, I think it may also a good idea at this point to increase my home insurance coverage. In addition, I feel a Tool Belt may be a good Christmas gift for Jackson this year.
Husband, father, coffee connoisseur and lover of all things hockey. At 51 I sometimes wonder have I done enough. I have been married to my best friend for 30 years. She knows all my faults and loves me anyway, As a father of “almost always” perfect boys, I am always surprised at what life has to offer. It is messy, scary, thrilling, and always fun.