I learned not to be afraid of hand tools when I was a kid. Early on we were introduced to:
- brooms (push broom for the back porch/deck, and a regular broom for inside and the front walk),
- rakes with which to wrangle fallen leaves,
- a dandelion digger, because Mom didn't like those yellow weeds in her lawn,
- sledge hammer to pound in garden stakes,
- hoes and trowels, to help Daddy in the garden,
- small knives used to trim radishes from that garden
I knew how to hold a hammer. I knew the difference between a crescent wrench and a monkey wrench, and I knew the difference between a flat-head and a phillips-head screw.
So I don't know how it was that I came to be 22 years old before I learned "righty-tighty, lefty-loosey."
Now for the two people in the world who have no idea what that means (humor me, I'd like to assume I'm not THE last one in the world!) this is how some of us remember to turn the screwdriver (or wrench, or pliers) to the right to tighten a screw (or bolt or nut), and to the left to loosen it.
Since this phrase has entered my head, it is now stuck there. Fortunately, since it is so useful, I don't mind too much, even though it makes people laugh when it spills out of my mouth when I'm in the midst of some tool-heavy project.