So I’m working on an electrical plug, just trying to get the cover to sit better, nothing fancy, when I ask my 5-year-old daughter to get me a screwdriver. She returns a few seconds later with a dime and I thank her heartily, possibly even tussle her hair or something equally Norman Rockwellish.
My wife, however, who is sitting on the couch, begins to chuckle.
“No honey, a screwdriver. Does that look like a screwdriver?”
My wife shoots me a look, as if our daughter is weird for not knowing the difference between a coin and a screwdriver. But a split second later, my daughter and I exchange a glance that clearly says: Mommy is insane.
“What?” she asks.
I guess she doesn’t know the power of coins. I guess she’s never had an official course in the Stay-at-Home Dad’s Guide to Teaching MacGyverisms.
The other day, when a UPS box arrived for Christmas, my daughter cheerfully ran off to retrieve a box-opening implement and returned with a quarter. Again, coins: probably the most useful and overlooked tool in the at-home MacGyver training program. But oh, are there others. Although I haven’t started a real course, it has occurred to me over the years that there are plenty of household items you can call upon to get you out of a fix without resorting to a trip to the hardware store.
So here they are: The Top 7 Dad Tools You Can’t Find at Home Depot:
Main photo: Wikipedia
Slideshow photos: Morguefile
Unfortunately obsolete: 10 Tech Relics I’ll Have to Explain to My Kids