I have tried to facilitate my childrens’ hobbies, regardless of how much time it consumes out of my daily schedule. Sometimes this means driving them to practices or recitals during the time I’d rather spend relaxing from work or getting the lawn mowed. I have kids of varying ages and the oldest learned fairly early on how to get engaged with activities that involve using one’s hands. He received a small tool kit as a present when he was only six years old, and he immediately wanted to make a bird feeder with me in the garage with some scrap wood I had leftover from refinishing the basement. After he mastered wood by the age of 16, my son soon turned his interest towards metal working. I encouraged him to learn welding through a course being offered at the city arts center. They used large coils of scrap steel rebar that was leftover at job sites when it wasn’t needed at the end of a large project. Usually black bar steel rebar tie wire, it was either 14 gauge or 16 gauge regardless of whether it was galvanized or not. Learning how to weld with steel rebar tie wire was extremely beneficial for my son because he could apply those skills to welding other kinds of metal. Now my son is a welder for a large construction company and welds loop ties to rebar tie wire on a daily basis. He’s so good at welding rebar that he often dreams about it in his sleep, doing it mindlessly like one would eating a bowl of cereal in the morning.