The day was rough, many hardships about. In maintaining Caravan tradition, nobody wanted to get out of bed because of the late running of the Euchre tournament. Jenni and Diana, last year’s champions, were soundly defeated in the first round (credit to Henry and Graham). The sleepy children reluctantly woke up and got dressed.
While on the busy New Jersey Garden State Parkway, the pink, green and orange vans were woken up further by an angry driver as they rode to the Seeds of Service site. This SOS group worked hard through the day and avoided a mishap with the drywall lift. Mia, Jordan and Hannah felt empowered by a concrete fastener tool known as a ram set (we looked it up). It used nail bullets and smelled like the Fourth of July (Jordan’s words) and the boys seemed quite jealous.
On the other side of the worksite spectrum, 39 Oceanview scrubbed away and FINALLY got started painting in the crawlspace wanting to get rid of their suits as fast as possible. The highlights of their day were seeing the baby bald eagle outside of our living space and eating New York style pizza on the beach. They were joined by the workers at 34 Oceanview and were influenced by Will to go on the pier even after hurting himself. Today Serena fell victim to the wretched pipes but recovered quickly. Meanwhile, Kelly Truax’s attempts at not getting sand on her water bottle failed as Calvin buried Kelly’s water bottle – yes, Cal was the culprit not Scott, Kelly. Continuing to fail at cleaning it, Kelly and the rest of the group went back to jam to music while putting up drywall and missing Diana.
Finally, 311 Park Avenue may have seemed to have the best or worst day of all, getting back in the middle of dinner but finishing what they wanted for today. They arrived tired and hungry but enjoyed donuts courtesy of Sarah Burnham trying to make the mudding crew named Mama Sarah’s Bakery more authentic. Not only that, but she played Motown the entire ride back including when they took the wrong road and had to find another exit because the designated one was closed. We enjoyed singing Billy Joel at the top of our lungs! Chris and Justin, the site leaders did help though making sure the First Draft Picks, A-Team, and Dream Team were helped and taught properly. We are truly grateful for their patience and donated time. It was a successful day for all, through the blood, sweat and I don’t think there were tears.
Nobody was harmed in the making of this blog.
The Orange Group
Rob, Bae Mike, Diana, Mia, Jordan, Ama, Olivia, Calvin, Adam, Zach, Grace R., Max and Sara G