This week, appreciate the tiny things in life.
—WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

I carried a pair of 9-inch Klein side-cutting pliers every day for 46 years. They were an extension of my right hand whether I was twisting iron tie-wire or copper electrical wires. Some days they were used as a make-shift hammer. My pliers had a grip and heft that were unmistakeable and not easily confused for another man’s pliers. After awhile every journeyman gets to know their Kleins.

One year for my birthday my son (the Goldsmith) made a tiny pair of Kleins out of Sterling Silver for me. They were modeled after a pair that I had passed down to him years before. The pliers are monogramed, fully functional, and bring a tear to my eye whenever I look at them.

I still love my Kleins, but they never projected love back to me the way that these do.


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  15 comments for “Tiny

  1. November 12, 2016 at 2:29 PM

    Most touching, evocative of many happy birthday memories. Thanks for sharing!


  2. November 11, 2016 at 5:29 PM

    Lovely story and gift, Allan. To be able to give a gift that brings tears and great memories is a blessing. I have a set of small screwdrivers that work well for everything from glasses to other things. I think I originally got them when I owned my ’75 VW Super Beetle.


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    • November 12, 2016 at 2:16 PM

      Keep those glasses tuned up so that you can find the screwdrivers when you need them for other things, Janet.


  3. alstacer
    November 11, 2016 at 5:14 PM

    Great gift and story.

    Liked by 1 person

    • November 12, 2016 at 2:15 PM

      Thanks, Al. He and his daughter just had birthdays last week. Man, we’re geting old…


  4. November 11, 2016 at 4:33 PM

    They’re gorgeous! What a marvelous gift. You are very fortunate to have raised such a loving son.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. November 11, 2016 at 4:25 PM

    Perfect photo for the theme and the lovely story of the gift was a real bonus.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. November 11, 2016 at 3:09 PM

    Sweet story. Tiny but mighty.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. November 11, 2016 at 2:59 PM

    wonderful gift

    Liked by 1 person

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