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  Texas : Features : Columns : "It's All Trew"

Things Worthy of Prayer

by Delbert Trew
Delbert Trew
Each night as I prepare for sleep, I always pause a moment and thank God for baling wire, duct tape, drywall screws and caulking. Oh, I appreciate God creating the universe and all within, but without the items mentioned above, the whole shebang would probably collapse.

I also appreciate good health, a reasonably sound mind, and all the beautiful surroundings where I live. But, without baling wire I would've been injured or crippled many times in my life. Without duct tape, I would be in an institution from failing to fix things that needed fixing and without caulking my beautiful surroundings would be scarred and ugly.

How the West was won without these items, I haven't a clue. The wagon trains traveling west would have had a much easier time if baling wire had been invented and available like today. With little imagination I can see the U. S. Cavalry outfitting for an expedition in 1888 after receiving a few cases of Army issue duct tape on the last supply train.

The ghost towns of the old west would still be standing today if they had had plenty of drywall screws on hand. Fatalities from flu and pneumonia, occurring during the cold winters of old, would have been drastically reduced by caulking the cracks on the north sides of buildings.

I am most thankful for being allowed to live during a time when these products are available. I'm not sure, but I think the cradle I slept in as a baby had one rocker wired on with baling wire. Many of my early toys were repaired with Bulldog Friction Tape, a forerunner to duct tape.

Entertainment has been enhanced by baling wire and duct tape. My hero, Baxter Black, is the uncrowned King of baling wire and duct tape stories. Each time I read about the time he drove his ranch pickup through the new automatic car wash, I have to wipe the tears from laughing. Forgetting he had a tall headache rack, a cow dog still loaded, and a big wad of baking wire on board is something I clearly understand.

Without hesitation I choose baling wire as the most significant invention known. Duct tape, drywall screws, and caulking have to take a back seat because they must be purchased and kept on hand at all times. Not so with baling wire. Few people ever have to buy baling wire.

It's just always around. Either looped around a nearby post. Piled by the barn door, tied alongside the stock trailer, or twisted around the blade of your riding lawn mower. In the Panhandle of Texas, baling wire is everywhere.

In fact, I have a standing bet. I'll bet anyone $100 that you can blindfold and set me down in any barditch or weed patch in the Panhandle and by the time I've walked fifty yards I'll find a piece of baling wire.
Delbert Trew
"It's All Trew"
March 17, 2004 column
 
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