|"Houston, We have a problem..."|
|Starting to dig the last drain|
Here is where one begins to wonder whether or not it is worth it to pursue a project like this, but by God's grace I was able to see that we were not just building a patio, we were building character in a young man. Up to this point the job had endured some set-backs, but nothing like needing to start over completely, which is essentially what they had to do. He was tired, work-sore, wanting the job to just be finished, and I understood that, but I had to remind him what it means to persevere. I found our recent study of the Wright brothers a fitting analogy. After their first successful flights at Kitty Hawk, a rogue breeze came and picked up the flyer and smashed it to bits. I'm afraid I would have given up at that point! Thankfully they didn't but Matty's response to my lecture was, "Mom, I don't need to go down in history!" (Okay, but today you need to obey your dad, and he is not giving up, so neither are you.) A few minutes later he was out there beside his dad, removing every last brick, carefully digging up the sand and base, and once again, swinging the pick-axe and installing the last drain. He did not complain again for rest of the day, and even smiled through the ordeal.
|IT'S DONE! (the bale of straw is for the garden. It won't stay there!)|
So what did we get done this week in "school?" Not a lot. A little math, a little grammar, some science here and there, but overall, this project was so worth the time we spent. Matty learned the meaning of hard work, perseverance, and stretching himself beyond what he thought he was able. He learned about sore muscles and going to bed really, really tired, but satisfied with a job well done. He built his relationship with his dad, and they truly bonded through this. He took orders and shared his opinion, and learned a valuable skill. He earned every penny of the check we wrote for him, and he is proud of it. I now can look back at the bricks in my backyard as a milestone of growth for my son, and can always remind him that he can do what he sets his heart and mind to do, and to not give up!
I am so glad that I did not hire that contractor. This patio is priceless.