Mississippi: Realizing

By: Meg Lackman

imageToday there was so much to do. It was definitely a day of learning gratitude. We walked into the warehouse and there were already jobs for the crew to be done. We painted a wall that was about 150 feet wide, it took only four of us to complete it by lunch time. Along with that we painted the other half of the re-store floor, started working on the house by putting in doors, cabinets, and trim.

There were two moments in the day that stuck out to me with such a busy schedule. The first moment happened when we went for lunch at Pizza Hut. We were having such a great time enjoying the company of the workers along with our group we were laughing and having such a great break from all of our work. Miss Sue went to go pay for our food and was told by the workers that a father and son had already payed for our bill because of all the great work that Habitat does. All of our faces dropped and we were truly grateful. We realized that our work truly did not go unnoticed.

For the second half of the day Elias and Cory and I took on the project of creating a pergola for the middle of the re-store. We came across a few challenges one being cutting some of the wood we use too short more than once. This put us into a pickle, but we eventually figured out what we needed to do.

Later the second moment happened I took on the role as the teacher and taught some of the freshman how to measure,mark, and cut wood. This was definitely the high of my day. I could clearly remember my fist habitat trip where the upperclassmen taught me a shy little freshman the same exact skills. I realized that I was now the upperclassmen that everyone looked up to. Rebecca, Logan and myself built a bookcase in about an hour. This was just the cherry on the top to the ending of my day.

Tomorrow we are going to be making five more bookcases and can teach the others how to do it as well. Bonding and working with the team is just a minor part of what these trips are about. Working with so many different people throughout the day is definitely a way of bonding and becoming a family by the end of the week.

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