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Thursday, September 11, 2014

house that caring built

yesterday after working for 3 hours at the habitat for humanity
i was working on the landscaping getting it ready for the first
phase of its installment this weekend
a nice cooled off weekend lucky for us
i sat on a turned over 5 gallon bucket in the shade where
it was cool
if you live around here you know it was hot
it got to 102 here

so i was hot
got my cold bottle of bottled water
poured some in my old floppy hat
then put it on my head letting the cool water run
down my face and neck
felt good it did

i sat there relaxing for a moment before i returned to
the hot sunny spot i was working
i looked at the workers
all volunteers coming and going
like busy bees or ants
doing their jobs
all workers today were regulars they are called
who come here and work every week
most are retired some arent like the airline pilot that works
when he can

it is amazing to me as i look at this house sitting there
all finished on the outside
and about to be finished soon on the inside
how it all got built with these volunteers and groups of folks
from churches banks high schools teachers dell computers
food companies and many others
coming together to put this house together

most who come there do it volunteerly and seem to enjoy
the work as they do it
there is always this sense of accomplishment and that
you know good feeling deep down inside
that you did something good for someone

something money cant buy
something missing from a lot of people

yep as i sat there took all this in
thinking about
amazed by it

i guess its the modern version of the old barn raising
where neighbors came together to build their neighbors barn

i also sat there looking at the landscaping job that we are
about to start this weekend
i realized its much like a blank canvas
i take what supplies are on hand
what monies i can scrounge
what funds habitat allows for the landscape
i paint this picture with what we have
this landscape picture thats up in my head
somehow i have developed this ability to visualize
what it will all look like
even 20 years later

an artist i am i guess
a landscape one

the organicgreen doctor

1 comment:

  1. A true artist whose work warms the hearts! Thank you for all the work to prepare a pretty environment for the occupants (soon to be) of that house and all the others you've worked on. Only those who give in this way know the joy and fulfillment it brings to the heart. So dream on, Artist Brother, putting your work to the canvas of the earth.