Since we are woodworkers and doing some construction, I thought I'd post this

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Blog entry by Karson posted 06-05-2007 03:27 PM 1299 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a truly heartwarming story about the bond formed between a little 5-year-old girl and some construction workers that makes you believe that we can make a difference when we give a child the gift of our time.

A young family moved into a house next door to a vacant lot. One day a construction crew turned up to start building a house on the empty lot. The young family’s 5-year-old daughter naturally took an interest in all the activity going on next door and spent much of each day observing the workers.

Eventually the construction crew, all of them gems-in-the-rough, more or less adopted her as a kind of project mascot. They chatted with her, let her sit with them while they had coffee and lunch breaks, and gave her little jobs to do here and there to make her feel important.

At the end of the first week they even presented her with a pay envelope containing an official payroll check! It was only $2, but the little girl took this home to her mother who said all the appropriate words of admiration and suggested that they take the two-dollar “pay” she had received to the bank the next day to start a savings account.

When they got to the bank, the teller was equally impressed and asked the little girl how she had come by her very own paycheck at such a young age. The little girl proudly replied, “I worked last week with the crew building the house next door to us.

“My goodness gracious!” said the teller. “And will you be working on the house again this week, too?”

The little girl replied, “I will if those dirtbags at Home Depot ever deliver the damned sheetrock!”

Stories like this just bring a tear to your eye.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#1 posted 06-05-2007 03:32 PM


-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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#2 posted 06-05-2007 03:37 PM

Great story, Karson!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#3 posted 06-05-2007 03:40 PM

Beautiful story Karson. I bet she’s still waiting on the sheetrock too!

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#4 posted 06-05-2007 03:41 PM

I think i’ve heard this story before but with a much different ending. Lets just say the language was a little more off color. you made it just as funny though by cleaning it up. good job. mike

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#5 posted 06-05-2007 03:50 PM

Just what I needed to get me through another day of slogging bits in the old computer sweatshop.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#6 posted 06-05-2007 04:33 PM

lol aaawww too cute—wait a minute—too true lol
that’s good

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#7 posted 06-05-2007 05:20 PM

Hmm, wonder if she started smoking and drinking coffee too..

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#9 posted 06-05-2007 06:33 PM

Thanks for the laugh and the great story.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#10 posted 06-05-2007 07:17 PM

Karson -

Great story – I needed a little humor this morning and this was just the ticket.


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#11 posted 06-05-2007 09:04 PM

Great Story! I really needed that. I was really buying into the cute bie and then the punch line. I will have to share that if you don’t mind.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#12 posted 06-05-2007 10:16 PM

I failed to mention that I got the joke from

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#13 posted 06-05-2007 11:36 PM


-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#14 posted 06-06-2007 05:56 PM

Thanks Karson !

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#15 posted 06-07-2007 12:16 AM

Yes, this is a cute story about a young, very impressionable child.

But it’s an important warning to responsible adults that our behavior, in this case the words we use, around children needs to be circumspect. Every conversation a child hears lays down a foundation for the future. And it’s not only the words we use, but the manner in which they are spoked that impacts the impressionable.

Thanks, Karson. It’s a good reminder of our responsibility to the young.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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