Too frugal to buy a fancy stereo system with giant speakers, my daddy made them himself, with his own hands. An old tube television stopped working so he gutted the cabinet and installed a new one. Nothing went to waste. My daddy's hands built a pump for friends in East Texas, helped rewire and rework an old house for another, and generally reached out wherever they could be of assistance.
Not long ago, I acquired an antique Featherweight sewing machine. I could see the cord was original, cracked and dangerous to use. I knew this might be my very last time to see my daddy's hands make magic. I asked, "Daddy, could you fix this?" knowing he could. But his once nimble fingers, now stiff and twisted with arthritis, made the task much more difficult than either of us imagined. He struggled, but conquered the task.
My daddy had a heart of gold, but a tongue of lead. He couldn't give a compliment if his life depended on it. What he did possess, was a pair of magical hands that could fix anything.