A “Toast” To Being Inventive


Whoever said, “Necessity is the mother of invention” must have known my father.  Often to the chagrin of my mother, daddy usually took it upon himself to repair whatever in our household decided to leak, break, overheat, stop ticking, or just quit.   Out would come the trusty tool kit from the garage,  and daddy would go to work.  It wasn’t that he couldn’t fix things, it was, well, perhaps the manner or method in which he fixed them.

You see, my father had an insatiable spirit for bringing joy to my two sisters and me.  He may have been a WWII Army Capt., but his heart was tender for us girls.  “Fix-it” time was family time – we all helped.  Daddy patiently taught us the difference between regular pliers and needle-nosed pliers, what a Phillips screwdriver was, how to use a wrench, and of course the all important, “righty-tighty, lefty-loosey.”

The most inventive method of repair my dad ever made was on our toaster. For days the toast wouldn’t pop up when it finished toasting. We’d have to unplug the toaster and dig it out.  Mom wanted simply to buy a new toaster, but we girls knew daddy could fix it.  Out came the trusty tool kit.  My sisters and I gathered around, holding wrenches and screwdrivers.   We watched as he twisted wires, bent things, holding our breath.  Before long, daddy announced he was finished.  He slid the toaster back under the cabinet and a piece of bread was put in.  Within a few seconds the toast was done, and it popped up. OH! Did it pop up! It popped clear out of the toaster, hit the under side of the cabinet and landed on the counter.  It was magnificent! Giggling like crazy, we must have gone through half a loaf of bread, toasting pieces simply to watch them fly all over the place!  That man with the insatiable spirit for bringing joy had outdone himself this time!

 Fireflies in October

This month we will be somewhat more serious in sharing stories of those whose inventiveness actually made a difference in our world.  Not that toast isn’t important, but I’m sure you’ll agree that what Ben Franklin and Albert Einstein, as well as others, did is far more significant.   But while you’re enjoying the books this month, you just might want to make some toast to nibble on.  Enjoy!

Mary Byrne Kline