Love Comes In All Shapes and Sizes
When I think of all the projects that I loved being a part of over my career, I think of many. All the special people who I have been able to help in some way to brighten their home, help financially, or even a trouble-free transaction. Many of these include those that are elderly, there is much to be said about caring for that group. This post is not about those projects.
There is also the other end of the spectrum, the kids that are effected by the work that I have done. One job comes to mind in which I was constructing a drop-in daycare center; parents could drop off the kids while they went shopping or a quiet dinner with their spouse.
When this job started the job site was an empty shell of commercial space, soon things got going and deadlines and opening ceremonies kept adding to the pressure to get the doors opened on time. But there were the kids to think about; this place needed to be a fun place to come to, but it absolutely had to be safe. There were long days, every day, for about the last month.
I knew that safety was going to be an issue with the parents and even the owners if something were to go wrong. The construction of the miniature buildings, and climbing sets had to be right. Often times that meant redoing work that may have been okay for adult use. Kids are different, they aren’t thinking of safety as we do – they just play.
All along the thought of not being done within budget never really came to mind. This was a project that had to be done right. When all was said and done, I felt good about the love and care that went into the job. When all the agencies walked through with their inspection clipboards, I knew that I had gone beyond anything that may have been on those checklists, and I felt good about it!