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Building a Carport in Tough Times

December 28, 2009

My husband and sons are building a carport. There are some unusual results from this simple act that really show how hard times are economically in our area.

Today two men stopped by just because they saw that we were building on. They offered to finish the outside for us or do the drywall on the inside. My husband said no thanks, he does the work himself. He wished them luck finding work. They politely thanked him for his time.

The unusual thing is… that is the third time someone has stopped by. Yesterday it was an offer to sell us a garage door. Last week a young man who had a business card offering drywall services.

Basically they are looking for work and took the initiative to stop by just in case there was an opportunity here. I admire that. They were looking for work, a good thing.

I wish we could afford to hire them.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 29, 2009 8:58 pm

    Shades of the depression-era migrations for work. I admire them also. We worked hard today, 9 hours. Michael was tired. But I mentioned how many people in the world would give almost anything to be offered a job for a day that would be enough to buy food and pay bills for a week.

    We are grateful for the work the Lord sends our way. I hope those guys find work too.


  2. January 1, 2010 5:10 pm

    I think it’s quite admirable, too. Mostly I get other contractors asking if we’ve got work they we can sub out to them, and we do try in every way we can to find something for them, too. It’s very difficult for contractors in the winter months here as it is to keep busy, let alone make a go of it in this compromised economy.

    Maybe, however, this miserable time in our economy will encourage folks to take a look at what really matters at the end of the day, and get back to basics. I sure hope so. It would be lovely to know this really strange and scary downturn served a purpose.
    God works in mysterious ways!

    Happy New Year to all of you!

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