Today was our last full work day and I can honestly say that I’m gonna miss this place. This morning as we drove to the work site, I felt for the first time that New Orleans is now my home. I don’t have this feeling too often, but this city had such a impact on me. New Orleans has a spirit that is so unique and hard to find in other cities around America. That spirit has drove me to complete this home and bring the happiness that the future homeowner deserves.
In the morning, I was helping my team members complete the porch. The porch was a lot harder to complete than I originally imagined. Especially, caulking which I did a bit yesterday and it didn’t take long to find out that it is not my forte. Then, I worked on fencing the house. This started my digging 18 inch holes in the ground, which completely took energy out of me. But, once the hole was dug it was lunch time. A highlight of my lunch was hearing the ice cream truck and getting some ice cream like the good old days.
The rest of the day involved helping my team members fill in the holes with cement. We made the cement by first carrying 80 lbs bags full of cement and mixing with water using a shovel. We poured concrete into a couple of holes with a pole and aligned it with the other holes to make sure we have a straight line of fencing in the end.
As the end of the trip nears, I definitely feel accomplished on the amount of things we have completed around the house. I’m also looking forward to ending this trip with a proper po-boy as well.
Written by Sid Gandra