Posted by: Rob | June 13, 2007

Laying Down Sod

When a day of hard work in the hot sun begins with some live music performed by a talented Brazilian musician, you know you’re going to be okay. Riccardo Crespo, a long-time New Orleans resident who was one of the first to move into the Musicians’ Village, gave us a song and sing-along just before our daily safety talk.

Ricardo Crespo

Riccardo Crespo

By mid-morning, Christopher, Jason, Jenna, and I, along with some nice fellows from Missouri, placed fence posts, mixed cement, and poured the gooey gumbo into holes. This was surprisingly satisfying work. We also hooked up with Habitat volunteer groups from California and Virginia as we layed sod in the front yards of homes on Bartholomew Street. Jason and an Oakland Raiders fan exchanged some playful NFL trash talk, and then we got down to business.

A huge high point for Jenna and me came from spending time chatting with future Musicians’ Village residents Carolyn and Woodie, a very kind and gracious New Orleans couple who have been married for 45 years. They lost everything in the flood, but things have been looking up since hearing that their Habitat application was approved. After they put in a combined 350 hours of work time, they will have their home.

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