The house is still quiet.
This morning we are starting a new project, residing a house with hail damage. Insurance company could not find matching siding, so what should have been a 3 day job has suddenly turned into two weeks. I’ve worked for this family several times in the past, they have 8 kids ranging age from just a couple of years up to 20. It is understood when we work there, they feed us lunch.
Here’s a portion of something I wrote last time I worked on this farm:
“You can sit by me if you like,” Jarret said to me at lunch today.
“Do you know why I asked you to sit by me?”, he asked.
“No, Why do you ask me to sit by you?” I replied.
“Because I like you! “he said with a shy smile.
Jarret is 4 years old.
He has been asking me to sit by him now for the past three weeks.
Our crew is building a shop at their farm.
They feed us lunch every day.
When I sit down at their 14 ft farm table I think,...this is what it must have felt like to be a part of a large threshing crew..
Grant Wood’s Dinner For Threshers
Today lasagna was on the menu.
Yesterday I thought Jarret’s mom had asked if I wanted a piece of “cheese cake” for desert?
“Yummy I said..I love cheese cake…!
“No” she replied, I said “sheet cake”
Well, today, guess what we had for desert?
Cheese cake topped with a blueberry filling.
I had to pry the guys away from the table today….
They did not want to go back to work.
John said it was the best tasting lasagna he’d ever had.
I work with a great bunch of guys.
The morale on this crew is second to none.
Nothing worse than working around someone with a bad attitude.
At this point in my life, when I’m looking to hire someone, the numero uno thing I am looking for is ATTITUDE.
I don’t care if you don’t know how to properly hold a hammer or read a tape measure.
I can teach you those things.
What I really detest is a whiner, someone with a dark cloud following them around.
Jarret’s comments were still rolling around in my head when I got home from work tonight. (Heck, they are still rolling around in my head 3 years later) 😉
There is just something serendipitous about a 4-year-old requesting that I be his lunch buddy 3 weeks in a row.
I will miss Jarret when the job is done…
Heck, I will miss the whole family…
Here is a picture of the shop we’ve been working on:
End view of shop
The word hospitality literally means “a lover of strangers.”
More caught than taught I would think.
I am excited to be on the receiving end of some good old fashioned hospitality the next few weeks.
I’ll let you know what we have for lunch as the job progresses.
Have you ever heard of the term “threshing crew” and any idea what that would have looked like? What’s the closest thing to a threshing crew you have ever been a part of?