Yesterday, all 10 of the volunteers and a small work team joined Dwight and the Maestros (master construction workers) for a day of shoveling, mixing, and pouring concrete. Wow, is it hard work! Of course poured rain and it was freezing, but the show must go on .
10 things you might notice on (a very wet) construction day in Shell
- Mud puddles become pristine sanitation devices.
- Wiping your face on someone else’s armpit becomes a reasonable option. (it’s the only dry patch of clothing left).
- A circle of people squeezing as close together as possible in an attempt to warm up.
- Hot towels right from the dryer feel like heaven!
- Baseball hats become a highly prized item (keeps water and sunscreen from making rivers through your eyes).
- Workers warming themselves in front of the cement mixer.
- Looks of fright on workers faces when they spot the CDF van coming (that means more bags of concrete powder).
- A reemergence of sign language and charades as workers try to communicate across large distances and over the noise of the construction equipment.
- The “one hour more” that takes about three hours to complete.
- The sinking feeling when lights are mounted at the construction site.
After working at the site from 8am-7pm we have a lot of respect for Dwight and the Maestros who do full-time construction work for Casa de Fe. While our day of concrete was hard (we have the sore muscles to prove it) they once did a 36 hour concrete pour!