To Build A Wall

The nursery project is still going strong (we haven’t just forgotten to update our regular readers), and has been taking a lot of my (Aaron’s) nights working it closer and closer to being ready for baby A.

Even if it has taken some time, I have loved this project. It’s been great seeing a room be transformed from one that is poorly-utilized and out of place, to one ready for life and fitting well with the flow of our house. This room was a hold-over from when there was a kitchen upstairs, and looked a little unusual with a sink, metal countertops and a queen-sized bed.

Another big source of joy for this project is that it’s an opportunity to build a skill that’s very different from what I do most days. I love a lot of what I do at work, but none of it is hands-on. I don’t start a day with lumber and end it with a wall, and getting to do that is kind of cool. In this vein, I am a fan of Robert Heinlein, sci-fi writer extraordinaire, and one of his most famous quotes is:

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.

-Robert A. Heinlein-

A lot of the spirit behind this quote is about being as useful a person as you can, taking on new challenges and exploring the range of human experience; all things that deeply resonate with me. Thanks to this nursery project I can cross off: build a wall, and soon (and often) with Baby A: change a diaper. So maybe I’m not excited about diaper duty, but I could not be more excited about the personal growth of being a father, it seems like the best thing I could learn to do.

And now for a sneak peek of the new wall, almost ready for tape and mud.


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