It is Sunday morning and I am sitting here at my computer with every joint in my body aching.
But it was worth it.
I spent the entire week as did many others working on the Dino-Mine Playground.
Being up at the site and watching the process happen made me proud to say I am a member of this community. So many times when we have rallied together in this community it has been in times of tragedy. It was heart warming to see the effort we can give for something so uplifting as well.
Well over 3,000 of us put time into the project. Some people, it seemed, never went home.
Businesses and companies made it possible for employees to make it to the jobsite during normal business hours. People came after work, before work, between classes and any other free minutes they could spare. Many of our sports teams came as a group. The schools sent over classes of kids.
We worked in the blazing sun, the rain, sleet and even snow. It was so bitter on Saturday our paint was freezing. Despite the weather, there were people on site as soon as the sun came up and way into the night.
It was so much fun to see everyone try new skills and sharpen up old ones as they were given assignments to do. I saw 60 something year old ladies showing young kids how to wield a hammer. I taught several people how to run a router.
We got paint on our clothes and sawdust in our eyes. And still we worked. Kids hauled boards and then got told it wasn't time and they had to move them back. And they did it with a smile and a laugh.
We fought over tools and power. We stepped aside to give someone a chance to use our space to get a critical job done. Every few minutes someone walked by to see if an extra hand was needed on each project.
We laughed and teased. We grumbled and complained. We cheered each accomplishment and sweated each set back.
It was mass organized chaos.
I know many of the individuals who pushed us to stay on task and who made this possible. They will be the first to say that the only way that this dream turned into reality was by the effort of the whole community.
So thank-you to anyone who gave money, even if it was only a small amount. I also say thank-you to everyone who gave of their time, no matter how little. And thank-you for the co-workers; spouses and friends who kept the rest of the community and our lives running so we could focus on this task.
I was a small part in this grand event. A special thanks to the people who organized and drove this project through from beginning to end. I appreciate the chance to take part in it.
Now, I think I'll go soak in a hot tub for a while.