Ingenuity:  the quality of being cleverly inventive or resourceful.

Awhile back, I was heading to the hardware store and forgot that my friend Dan was parked in our driveway.  I was talking or paying attention to the kids… well, I’m not sure what the heck I was doing.   Whatever it was, I backed into the side of his car.  There where some nice scratches, but the main damage was a broken driver-side mirror.  Once the “I’m an idiot” shot of adrenaline wore off, we started trying to figure out how we were going to solve this little problem.  The car was older, so the scratches were not a huge deal, we just needed to fix the mirror.  I figured I was going to find a used mirror and just replace it, but we also needed something to get us by until that point.  We thought about using some duct tape and some super glue… but there was no way it would hold for more than a day or so.  We investigated the possibility of some sort of bracket, but there was nothing that seemed like it would work.  We were sunk for a few minutes.

And then… there was moment of ingenuity.  It almost bordered on genius.  Dan suggested that we use zip ties.  About a half hour later, that mirror was almost as snug as before I backed into Dan’s car.  So much so… that we never even replaced the mirror (Dan’s car died a few months later).

A moment of ingenuity took a somewhat unfortunate incident, and turned into a highlight and a great memory.