You may not know this, but we have an ice axe on our wall. Robert bought it back in grad school- he and Vogelman! were going to hike Mt. Whitney and there was a chance of the trail being icy and well, he wanted an ice axe. As it turned out the trail wasn't icy and the ice axe was never used. But it has adorned our living room wall ever since.
Today the kids were asking about the ice axe, and if they could use it next winter when there was ice (Zion: maybe, with adult help. Liel: Um, no.). They wanted to know exactly how and why daddy had thought he might use the ice axe, so I explained about the hiking trip with Uncle Vogelman! and it being difficult to walk on ice, and if there was ice on the trail how breaking it up with the axe might be both useful and safer for Daddy.
Liel frowned. "Or", she said, "Daddy could hold Uncle Vogelman's! hand!"