I’ve always admired sure hands. From a carpenter sawing a piece of wood precisely and nailing it into place, to my wife fashioning an omelet with almost metered symmetry, I so admire the sureness of movement; the minimization of redundancy, the completion of an effortless task. To that same end, I have always envied people who know the exact direction they want to go with their lives–friends who spoke to me as early as seventh grade and said, “I want …


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2 comments on “Surely

  1. You forgot to mention the sure hands of parents – How fast they can change a diaper or put an infant into a car seat. I was surprised to find myself so awkward again when child #2 was born, but that sureness did come back…and now is gone again.

    Did being a parent derail me from having the career I was meant to have? Or am I doing exactly what I was supposed to be doing all along? Hmmm…

  2. Dan Downey on said:

    When I was in school, the Beatles were coming on the scene and I wanted to be a drummer in a world-famous rock band.

    Then later the focus was to be “Ranger Dan” with the National Parks Service.

    Well, here I am some 20-plus years later working in the world of the design, sales and construction of children’s playground equipment. I don’t remember there being a course of study or a specific degree for that in school. It has not been without challenges at times; however, when the ribbons get cut on the new facilities and you see the smiles on the faces of the children and their families…nothing can beat that!

    Thanks for your weekend articles. They are great.
    Dan Downey

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