Becoming A Man

May 18, 2010

From time to time I am reminded that my culture has no coming of age tradition. Some of the effects of this deficit are subtle, some more obvious. This weekend, as I near my 35th birthday I experienced another Man Making Moment. Man Making are different for everyone. I suspect many are like me and derive some significant part  of their manliness ideal from their fathers. For me, the image of my dad under the , fixing, tuning and explaining our car’s inner workings, has left a mark.

When the guy confirmed my suspicion that the starter had failed on the ManVan I was both anxious and eager. This was going to be a , cramped, and physical repair, but I knew I could do it. Never mind that I had never even heard a about someone replacing a starter. I grabbed my socket set (thanks again Dad) and crawled under the truck. An hour later I had the starter motor out and Allison and I headed down to to get a replacement. I was quite surprised when the (the Kragen sales guy) handed me a huge honkin box. Aparently I had only removed part of the starter. The rest of the job was going to be a lot harder than I had anticipated.

Hours later —after dropping a on my face, getting tons of dried grease in my eyes, mouth, , and , bending and bruising my arms in all manner of unacceptable ways, and nearly breaking my arm with the weight of the starter— I had finally replaced the starter. With a quick look around to ensure my privacy I let out a huge and threw my arms to the sky. Hear me roar!




  1. Comment by Lourdes Cahuich

    Lourdes Cahuich May 18, 2010 at 8:52 am

    Your anecdote reminded me of what must have been feelt by the early young hunters when, for the very first time, succesfully killed a big animal to feed the entire village

  2. Comment by Abigail

    Abigail May 18, 2010 at 9:41 am

    Congrats, Tucker! 🙂

  3. Comment by Verne Bradford

    Verne Bradford May 19, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    That’s a man-making moment for your Dad, too. Hear the roar echo back.

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