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I read an article somewhere about how women should learn
certain skills to last them all of their lives. I have the
one about bills and checkbooks down pat but am lacking in
the car and home repair department. This article suggested
that you learn to use power tools and be in charge of home

My grandaughters seem to think it is shameful to be girly
girls so I might suggest a summer course in practical
skills. I really think it would be useful although my
suggestion would probably be met with scorn.

Men should also learn to cook and do laundry. Frozen
dinners can get awfully boring and dare I say it, lost
socks can be a problem.

It is sexist to say that skills are gender related. One
never knows what life is going to throw at them and it is
only sensible to be prepared. Everyone should be able to
drive, to do basic cooking and get beyond the hammer and
nail stage of home repair, and to do laundry and sew on a

It is a little late for me but I have a dear sister in law
who has managed to master power tools and has built closets
with beautiful doors. I really admire her.

posted on Mar 18, 2013 4:52 AM ()


while this all makes sense and seems very true, I have no desire to learn home repairs. Although I should learn anyways. Sigh. Good ideas lady.
comment by kristilyn3 on Mar 24, 2013 8:41 AM ()
Believe it: real men can cook, clean, and iron! Since I'm retired and my wife still works, I do all these things. At the end of the day, I still have just as much hair on my chest!
comment by steeve on Mar 19, 2013 7:30 AM ()
And it makes her a happy camper!!
reply by elderjane on Mar 22, 2013 2:23 PM ()
We know this is possible, and my late husband was capable of taking care of himself. He cooked our first dinner -- steak and lima beans and red wine.
reply by tealstar on Mar 20, 2013 7:46 AM ()
well we do a little of both.
comment by fredo on Mar 18, 2013 1:21 PM ()
I am looking forward to that dinner Mike is going to cook for us.
reply by elderjane on Mar 19, 2013 4:05 AM ()
I only take on home repairs out of dire necessity - have had a lot of experience with the pilot light on my furnace. One problem is I don't have the arm strength to unloosen nuts and bolts and valves, but I have learned to use lots of Liquid Wrench and pray for success. You could ask your handyman to show the girls some basic things such as how to turn off the water when a faucet breaks and how to use a drill, but as you say, they would probably wonder why you were putting them through that.
comment by troutbend on Mar 18, 2013 10:46 AM ()
You are multi talented because you attempt repairs that I could not face.
If I were younger, I would take a carpentry course and some basic plumbing.
reply by elderjane on Mar 19, 2013 4:08 AM ()
There was a show on PBS probably 40+ years ago--the Frugal Gourmet. I can't remember the guy's name, but he always said, "a man shouldn't have to depend on a woman to eat well". I've been cooking all my life. Most of my buddies do too. Some just do household food, others do ethnic specialties. I'd do that myself, but I don't like to buy a bunch of "odd" ingredients that I think I might not use up. I can't think of anybody who is into gender stereotypes these days (although we were as kids). Maybe it's the independence that comes with age.
comment by jjoohhnn on Mar 18, 2013 9:28 AM ()
I remember the frugal gourmet. Men are usually good at bread making because
they have a lot of strength in their hands for kneading. You and Jon are
great in the kitchen. I love the Jon Adams cookbook.
reply by elderjane on Mar 19, 2013 4:10 AM ()
It amazes me than men generally cannot cook. When single and alone, how do they eat?
comment by hobbie on Mar 18, 2013 7:46 AM ()
Your Daddy can cook. I know because he shares his recipes with us. Rex's
Daddy only knows how to open a package of frozen dinners and put it in the
oven. He has yet to master the microwave.
reply by elderjane on Mar 19, 2013 4:13 AM ()
they eat frozen dinner and out of the can.Ugh!
reply by fredo on Mar 18, 2013 1:20 PM ()
Mr. Troutbend says he can cook anything that will fit in the pop-up toaster. Years ago he knew how to cook pasta and open a jar of sauce, but he has since forgotten.
reply by troutbend on Mar 18, 2013 10:40 AM ()
Yeah, it's late for me too. In New York, when Jay was bed-ridden, I recruited his aide (hired privately by me -- no insurance for home care at that time) to help me finish laying the floor with samsonite that he had started. She held the piece, I used the power saw. The next day I spent in bed. I haven't tried any big repairs since then.
comment by tealstar on Mar 18, 2013 5:27 AM ()
I have some kind of visual-spatial handicap that makes sewing and putting
puzzles together hard for me. That is my excuse. I have gotten a lot
lazier now too.
reply by elderjane on Mar 19, 2013 4:15 AM ()

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