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Dennis Peterson: Makin' Do

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September 26, 2022 3:03 am

Dennis Peterson: Makin' Do

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September 26, 2022 3:03 am

On this episode of Our American Stories, Dennis Peterson's father had an interesting way of saving money. He called it 'Makin' Do'. Dennis tells the story.

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He bought only what he needed if he needed it, but couldn't buy.

He made or did without. He was always looking for the better deal on what few things he did by daddy stated that he had built his own house on his own land.

The only debt he incurred was for the drilling of a well on his property, something that he was unable to do himself.

He paid his brother-in-law, my uncle Dylan $10 a month until the total was paid off and he never owed anyone a dime.

After that, rather, daddy safe. Actually it was probably mother safety but daddy certainly was behind her efforts. Never fighting against her on.

I recall that every time the Knoxville news Sentinel raised its subscription rate.

Daddy threatened to stop the paper but mother always found some way to trim the household budget, usually through getting better buys on her grocery purchases and saved enough to pay the higher rate and keep getting the paper for years. Home delivery of the seven-day subscription was only $0.50 a week, but if daddy needed something he saved for not making the purchase until he had the cash in hand to pay for. That's what he did when buying a car or truck.

He saved and saved over a long time.

Then when he was approaching the amount needed for the purchase.

He began shopping around for the best deal when he thought he had located the vehicle, he wanted. He sat down with the salesman and stated his terms 90 days same as cash if the dealer wouldn't accept those simple terms, that he simply got up and walked out.

That's how he bought every car and truck he ever owned. Daddy was not tempted to exceed the top amount he had determined to spend but any dealer add-on options or extra features or enticements. He wanted no luxury features no radio or air conditioning when those features were optional. He did get them when they became standard his trucks never had radios.

They were work trucks, no wide white sidewalls. If it was extra. No fancy hubcaps of wheels.

No more chrome then was standard and those were the days before most of the cars were made of plastic daddy save more than money. He seldom threw anything away, we might need it someday he would offer as a reason for hanging onto something.

Many a time when I had nothing to do when I went to work with him or on rainy or cold days when we could not work. He had me pull males from scaffold boards that had been nailed together after I removed them.

He instructed me to straighten and store them in a large coffee can or jelly jar or old wooden box he might need to reuse them later. He also had a similar collection of old, assorted sizes of screws and bolts and nuts washers and rubber gaskets. Then when the need arose for one of those items it would be available.

He would have to run to the hardware store to buy one. He would however spend an hour or so searching through endless cans and boxes and other kinds of containers until he found the right item for his current need. This was all part of what he called making but to make do. You had to have a ready supply of material and tools to make do with. That's why he say not just money but everything but I was impatient. I couldn't understand daddy's thinking daddy.

I sometimes tried to reason with them. You save all these nuts and bolts and washers and screws to save money, but then you will spend an hour or more running through the whole collection trying to find the right one.

Don't you know that time is money. He couldn't see it that way. I'd resigned myself to his never changing. The problem was that it was often not time to the place where daddies make and do concern me most was on the job site. He sometimes improvised in ways that clearly were unsafe to himself. Me and other workers.

For example, when I was so young that I could carry a maximum of only three bricks at a time I was working with daddy on a house that on the upper hand was one story tall. But on the lower end was three stories. The pile of used bricks that had been dumped on the operand meant that I had to transfer them as needed on the scaffold all the way to the other end of the house. Daddy rigged the 2 x 10 wall board running from the brick pile to the uppermost scaffold was to carry my three bricks up that board and along the scaffold walkway to the other end of the house.

My problem was that with both of my hands on the bricks. I had no way of balancing myself on the wall board I would fall off listening to my complaint. Daddy conceded and agreed to put a handrail on one side of the wall board that sounded to me like a safer solution to the problem. But after he added the rail and I trotted out I discovered that the rail made the walk space on the board even narrower, forcing me to walk toward one side of the board. Daddy insisted, however, that it was safe. I tried to make it work and promptly fell off the side without the rail and into the pile of bricks. Daddies make and do once just about did him into he was working high on the scaffold in the gable end of the house he used to walk boards nailed together with 0.16 nails to span the central part of scaffold is that safe. I asked with genuine concern.

Of course it's safe responded, sounding a bit hurt by my doubts. I built it did not. He walked across it once and then recrossed it bouncing up and down on it a little to demonstrate his point over the course of the day. However, his repeated walking and bouncing across the gap because the nails to begin working lives near the end of the day. The board suddenly separated as daddy walked across and down he fell about 20 feet into a wheelbarrow of freshly mixed mortar other than a scanned shin and a bruised ego.

He was uninjured. What would've been the result of that fall had that barrel of mortar not been there to cushion the fall.

On another occasion when daddy made do you nearly burned our house down. We had been having some trouble with our water heater not being able to meet the demands of the family of six. One Saturday we ask daddy to look at it and see what the problem was. Upon examining it.

He determined that one element had burned out, but he thought that he could jerryrigged it so that it would still produce heat. I don't understand electrical appliances enough to know exactly what he did but I think he somehow bypassed something and rewired some other thing and it worked. Problem solved. Or so we thought. On Monday afternoon we drove into the garage. When we got home from work and for some odd reason I happened to look toward the opposite side of the garage where our water heater was.

I saw one side of it blackened from bottom to top. My eyes followed the direction of the rising 16 to the ceiling joist. They were charred in the insulation between the joists was blackened. Fortunately the fire because the circuit breaker to do its job, cutting off the power and preventing further damage.

That's what can come from a condition that daddy remains a make do man all his life in a great work is always my Monty Montgomery and a special thanks to Dennis Peterson and you can go to Dennis L. to hear more of his stories. The upsides and downsides of having a make and do kinda dad or mom or anyone around you, and I've had enough him around me in my life and sometimes our joy, and sometimes Otilia the story of Dennis Peterson's dad so many dads around this country like an ear on our American story curriculum and connectivity students I met William in the six grade from the beginning he wanted to explore things missing solid actually put a robe I'm I had gimme a tablet around now open my eyes and I realize I now my classroom is a place of innovation is shaped.

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