Every Thursday, I have the opportunity to work with students on Southern Pine’s site. Sometimes it’s for one hour sometimes two, but no matter what I always laugh. We helped out good ole Wooden Sheep and denailed some Jotoba (brazillian cherry) wood that once was a flooring, headed to the dump, then brought on a detour to Southern Pine. Since the board feet is primarily short runs, Eric at Wooden Sheep has designed chopping boards and is starting to assemble them.
Today, I heard one of the teachers kindly request one of the students to pull up his pants. She joked, I keep telling you, no one wants to see what’s in those pants on a jobsite. In the middle of his whispering repetitive rapping, he softly responded ‘okay’, smiled behind the safety goggles and set down the wavering hammer, that really was only a tool for him to sing with. I learned later that he attended Summer camp with AWOL and was involved in recording a song with rapper Kid Syc. He told me that he will continue to only practice until he can make enough money to attend camp again. They say this student is categorized as a MID: Mild Intellectual Disability, which doesn’t mean much to me. I just know he wears sweet kicks and has a gentle smile.
Here’s a little bit of what we are up too…..p.s. I am not allowed to photograph these students. someone, somewhere has labeled them as something and request no photographs.