If I had a Hammer ~~ First Stop ~~ Metal Shop

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “If I Had a Hammer.”

If I had a Hammer

If you could learn a trade — say carpentry, electrical work, roofing, landscaping, plumbing, flooring, drywall — you name it — what skill(s) would you love to have in your back pocket?


First Stop ~~ Metal Shop

When I was in school during the mid to late 70s I always enjoyed the boys shop classes which were wood and metal shop. Girls shop classes bored me to tears. I still remember this dress I was supposed to be making in sewing class around 1972/1973.  Hated sewing, cutting patterns, trying to put those puzzling pieces into something that one could actually wear! Needless to say the dress never got made and I probably got a C in that class. Cooking class was equally despised. Actually I Love to eat but at the time I was very happy to leave all that to my Mom and sometimes my Dad if Mommy was sick. Gagged on those rare steaks my Dad would fix. He said meat would build our blood. I don’t know about that. I think my Father saw us as young vampires!! LOL!! Despite this I am a good cook now.


Anyway I digress. Back to shop classes. Since the Women’s Movement was hot and heavy at this time Metal working opened up for girls. Loved that class! Made lots of dustpans and ash trays. Wish I could have expanded this skill. Who knows where I would be today if I could have gone to the next level.  Blue collar Men’s work beats Pink collar Women’s work in money and skill level any day.

Today my eyesight is very poor and I can no longer see well enough to do anything creative with wood or metal however I do enjoy creating collages, creating blog posts and taking photographs. As soon as I hit retirement in approximately three years I will devote more time to these activities.


Pete Seeger – If I Had A Hammer.. (1956)

4 thoughts on “If I had a Hammer ~~ First Stop ~~ Metal Shop

  1. I remember when they had “boy” vs. “girl” classes. In 8th grade I had to fight to take mechanical drawing instead of sewing! I, too, had a hate affair with the sewing machine!! Hope things are good up there ♡

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