Originally Posted by Glenn Kuras
My father did tell me years ago he found it pretty impressive that a 11 year old kid would go out and visit restaurant after restaurant asking them to save egg cartons, then finding a chain link fence in a field to make a wall.
I would have as well............
I came home from work one day to find the front end of my wife's car completely taken apart.......
I walked into the house and asked what the heck was going on - my 13 y.o. son looked at me and said that the CV joints needed replacement - so he took it upon himself to tell his mom the parts to buy - she bought them - and he was rebuilding her front end (doing a brake job at the same time - with replacement rotors and wheel bearings - figured it ws a smart thing to do while he had it apart anyway)
I looked at him and said "I'm impressed that you would do this for your mother - but don't you think it would have made more sense to wait until I got home so we could talk our way through it before hand?"
To which he replied: "I've been helping you work on cars for 4 years now - do you think I haven't figured things out along the way? I'm not stupid you know."
I looked at his mother and told her not to worry - it would come out just fine - and it did.
We had over 200,000 miles on her car when we finally traded it in - with the work he did on it still in place........
Dad's are always proud of their sons when they show initiative.