Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Many Hands Make Light the Work

Over the past weekend my mom and dad had many of our extended family over to their house in upstate New York for a good old-fashioned garage raising. After tearing down the older and smaller garage, a roof had to be placed over the new garage walls. My family is at no loss for strapping young men with both brain and brawn, so the invitation was extended and the masses flocked.

While I like to think that all of us ladies were able-bodied, plenty of male garage workers were present so we provided a constant flow of food and snacks to keep the men going strong. Besides circular saws and nail guns, it truly was out of the 19th century, and I thoroughly enjoyed every old-school minute of it. I didn't really get any good pictures of us girls, since we were slaving away in the kitchen...and watching movies...and taking naps.

For me, there's something wonderful about men at work that makes me appreciate the strength it takes to build something that will last and the knowledge it takes to care for one's home. I'm confident in the varied skills and talents of mine and my female kin, but garage/roof building is not the contribution we make. In our different ways, all of us are building structures of support and shelter for each other, some material but many intangible. Whether it be through hard work, knowledge, love, or strife we continue to deepen and grow our bonds as family.

7 comments:

Jessica said...

So sad I missed the weekend! Looks like the whole fam had a great time! See ya soon sis!

Amy and Andrew said...

Looks like a great weekend. I'm always up for more good old-fashioned anything! And I must say, the formidable combination of brains AND brawn is always attractive. Cheers to us all contributing our own part, whatever that may be.

Rebecca said...

What a blast that was! It was so great to see you all. I love the pics you posted....who is the guy with his shirt off ;) Very impressed with the strenth & teamwork of the men in the family, and with the loving care of the women. It is a special family indeed.

amylouwho said...

Amen.

Looks like a fun weekend! It's nice to get together and just enjoy each other doing productive things!

Colleen MacDonald said...

I love men at work, also. Makes me want to work, too! May your new garage be snug.

Peggy said...

I love this. What a wonderful way to spend time with your family. Great to see people who take the time to help and care for one another. Loved the pictures.b

Lisa @celebrate CREATIVITY said...

What a great looking project. Lots of work too. You'll have to post photos when it's all done too.

Also love your Derby alternative cupcake idea from your earlier post-lol.