Dan started out our married life as a teacher, a junior high school industrial arts teacher. I always thought he might have stuck with it had he started with older students. His reflections on his teaching years are mostly of 7th and 8th graders hardly listening to his safety talks and behaving badly around the power tools. My guess is that there are some 45 year old men out there who remember Mr. Hanney and appreciate what they learned, though.
After Doug was born in 1972, he quit teaching and began a career of carpentry work. He and his brother Paul built houses at first. Eventually, they moved into finish carpentry. Dan is an artist with curved stairways, fireplace mantels and fancy trim. He worked in many beautiful homes mostly in and around Topeka.
A carpenter never retires, especially if he has family. Dan has helped both our kids in projects over the years. In the process, they are actually very good woodworkers themselves so in many ways he never completely gave up teaching. And, he has completed many projects for me—I probably should know more about woodworking than I do.
So, here was our day. This morning I gathered up all the dirty clothes to take downstairs to wash. I commented that one of these days I’m going to fall down the stairs with my arms full of dirty clothes. Dan says why don’t we move the washer and dryer upstairs. I say I like the laundry room downstairs. For one thing, I can walk right out the back door and hang clothes on the line. We got to thinking and decided to put a clothes chute in the kitchen.
Now, there might be some who say, “dirty clothes in the kitchen?” Well, what about those new cabinets that open and out slides a waste basket. I am thinking dropping dirty clothes isn’t far off that concept. Besides, this cabinet was in a perfect spot for the laundry room in the basement.
Remember, the idea came about this morning. Tonight, we have emptied a small base cabinet in the kitchen of Tupperware that I don’t use, cut a hole in the bottom of the cabinet and floor and now I can open a door, drop dirty clothes down a completely lined “chute” right into a basket in the laundry room.
Isn’t it great to be married to a carpenter!