Ever since I was a kid, my aspiration had been to take after my father Alan and become a plumber. To finally have the opportunity to join him as an apprentice felt like a dream come true!
On my first day as a plumber, I was overjoyed and overwhelmed. My dad had already been in the business for years; today would be my chance to prove that I could do this job just as well or even better than him! When we reached our destination—a plumbing task of fixing a leaky faucet—he handed me a wrench with confidence instilled in his eyes. He said firmly yet lovingly, "Alright Steve, let's see what you can do."
I worked enthusiastically, eager to make an impression. But as I deftly turned the wrench, it became obvious that my lack of experience was a liability. In my haste to finish the job, I ended up making matters worse; stripping threads on the tap and causing more water leakage than before.
My father, eyes fixed on me in amusement, quipped with a sly smirk: "Looks like we got ourselves a natural!" Flustered and embarrassed by my clumsiness, I attempted to make amends by tugging the PTFE tape around the tap. Yet instead of helping matters, I only succeeded in creating an even bigger mess as it unraveled all over the floor. This was too much for my dad who burst out into peals of uproarious laughter while he steadied himself against a nearby wall!
I couldn't help but chuckle at my own blunder. I had only just started the job, and here I was already making a complete mess of it. Thankfully, my dad being the wonderful person he is, merely smiled compassionately and gave me an encouraging pat on the back. "It's alright Steve," he said reassuringly ,"We all make mistakes; what matters is that we learn from them."
From then on, I was taught the essentials of plumbing by my dad. It wasn't always a walk in the park, however we both had an enjoyable time despite any struggles. In fact, it usually ended with us cracking up and enjoying each other's company!
All in all, my debut as a plumber's apprentice may not have played out exactly how I expected it to, but I will forever remember the experience. Not only did my father teach me the technical components of plumbing, but also he imparted on me the significance of having a light heart and good sense of humor; for that, I am truly thankful.