My dad, H.L. Craft Sr., worked in the construction business during the week, and spent weekends doing local plumbing work. Needless to say, I was born a plumber's helper (no pun intended), and as a youth during the 1940s, I dug many a ditch. My dad had two sayings he pulled on me, and I never knew which one was coming next: "Leave well enough alone" and "If it's worth doing, it's worth doing right." I just kept my mouth shut and dug until he said stop.
My dad passed away in 1986. Recently, while helping a relative clean up around the old house, I saw something metal behind an abandoned barn. The thing was hidden by cedar bushes and had small trees growing up through it. On closer inspection, I saw it was my daddy's iron-wheeled, steel wheelbarrow. I could see it was going to be quite a job getting it out, and I was sure it would be rusted to pieces. So, I started to leave, but then I thought, "what the heck, this was worth doing right," so I had at it. To my surprise, the barrow was not too far gone to restore. I cleaned it up, put it back into shape and painted it John Deere green and yellow. Daddy's wheelbarrow is proudly retired now and I think it looks mighty good on my front porch. I'm leaving well enough alone.
- Buz Craft
P.O. Box 565
Wills Point, TX 75169