The Life Lesson of a Pinewood Derby Car

The highlight of my Cub Scout career was the Pinewood Derby. My father and I would work together to design and build the cars. He introduced me to the world of hammers, drills, tape measures and sandpaper. It was where I first learned to appreciate building or fixing something with my own effort.

My father said to me once – that he wasn’t very good at home improvement things like my brothers and I were (a comment from the same man that would pull a clothes dryer apart to tighten a drive belt). It was watching and helping our dad that gave us all the confidence to try it for ourselves. It is the small moments that life lessons are learned between a father and a son.

I don’t remember whether my Pinewood Derby cars won or not. However, I will always remember the time spent with my father working on them. And every time that I accomplish a home improvement project or repair – I will remember the lessons and time spent with my dad.

I love you, Dad. Happy Father’s Day.


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