So cute they should be illegal

March 11, 2012


Lloyd and I went to a meeting on Saturday where we are talking about building needs at our church. Afterward a lady was visiting with me about the room in the basement of my school where the quilters meet, and how nice it was that they have a dedicated space to leave the quilts up all the time. Her husband came up and mentioned that the group in town that makes these wonderful hand crosses doesn’t have a dedicated space – they just meet in a guy’s garage. The topic of retired guys building stuff gave me a flashback, and some inspiration.

The flashback was to this article I had read a long time ago. The jist of it is that there was a preschool that would have ‘Grandpa Day’ once a month – a day where some volunteer retired men would come for an hour and build with the preschoolers. The child could tell the ‘Grandpa’ what he/she wanted to make, and they could go to the box of scrap wood and see what they could cobble together. (Read the article for the full heart-tugging experience.)

Doesn’t that sound wonderful? I want that! Begin stage one: Shopping!

The article mentioned 8-ounce stubby hammers, which I had never heard of before. I have some smaller hammers that I’ve used with the preschoolers (we just hammer roofing nails into boards), but a stubby hammer? They are so adorable! I went to Harbor Freight and bought all the ones they had.

These little hammers make my heart go pitter-pat. I spent a fair number of minutes hoisting them around this weekend and demanding that Lloyd call me ‘Thor’.

They also make a beautiful sculpture.

Stop. Hammer Time.

I shall call it “Four Hammers and Stack of Paper Plates. It Would Have Been Five Hammers But I Took One To Work Already.” It’s going to be tough fitting such a long title on a museum plaque, but no trouble at all nailing the plaque to the wall – with my baby hammer!

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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12 Responses to “So cute they should be illegal”

  1. Gretchen Said on:

    Well if I had a hammer -- especially a cute stubby one -- I’d hammer in the morning. In fact, I’d hammer in the evening. I’d hammer all over this land!


  2. Brad Said on:

    Will you get miniature tools of all kinds? Wouldn’t it be cute to see the kids and grandpas playing with miniature nail guns?


    • Lauren Said on:

      … and wee little circular saws?


      • Peggy Said on:

        HA! You guys crack me up! What ever will you do with all those wee little severed fingers?

        The hammers are too cute! Can’t touch this … humming instrumental … Can’t touch this….oh my, this will be in my head all day long.


  3. Lauren's dad Said on:

    Did you drool over the tiny, tiny bench grinders at Harbor Freight?


  4. Lloyd Said on:

    Lauren keeps challenging me to a “Hammer fight.” I’m not even sure what that means.


    • Lauren Said on:

      I AM THOR!

      Seriously, Lloyd. Just say, “I can’t ever hope to beat you, Thor.” I’ll leave you alone then.


  5. Lauren's dad Said on:

    They are claw hammers. If their claws were straighter, they’d be rip hammers. So, does she want to risk being clawed instead of ripped?


  6. Jane Sommerer Said on:

    Is this a done deal? are the Grandpas coming? You are so smart. I never saw a Grandpaw who couldn’t see 10 things that needed to be fixed and would make it a point to get it done. Somehow they just can’t stand to see things left undone.


  7. Jane Sommerer Said on:

    I guess those Grandpas are like the Grandmas that Quilt.


  8. Lauren Said on:

    Dad, I just had a quick trip in and out of H.F to pillage buy all their hammers, but I am familiar with the tiny bench grinder. Should I buy it? I could wreck a lot of blades with that!

    No Grandpas yet. I need to get a couple of things accomplished first, like figuring out how to schedule this. 😉


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