Editor: It appears to me when degree upon degree is not only recommended but also idealized, there should also be recognition of various types of abilities and skill-sets, with credit to the practically trained who perform their duties well.
Both my husband and I have university training; such studies facilitated a 37-year job in health for me and employment as a teacher in high school and university for my husband.
Thus, I recognize the value that such training has been in our own lives.
My appreciation for the practical comes first from my father, who, after the war, taught school, but also was a farmer. He repaired any piece of machinery we had on the farm as well as anything that went wrong in the house. In later years, he kept the old autos of all his four children plus our friends on the road, while as a hobby he brought to life seasoned radios.
My two brothers took after their father being practical and creative doing for themselves before bringing in any help. Even my husband, encouraged by my family, restored lawn furniture and reconstructed broken ornaments.
Experience with three class workers led to this current acknowledgment. Our lawn has never been in better hands. It is groomed and fastidiously cared for by a hard-working, reliable man who takes pride in his work.
The second, a painter, works like Eldin in Murphy Brown, creating art in his environment. A house is his canvas and his painting shows pride in his craft and attention to perfection.
The third, a landscaper and handyman, sculpted our small garden making it stand out with bushes and flora; he later skillfully improved our deck with precision and care.
It is a gift to bring beauty and order to our small worlds. I applaud these men and their efforts.