Pretty much everything that has been done to the house has been done by other people. It’s not that I couldn’t do it, but it would take me forever.
I can frame the house, but it’d take me a year. I can do the plumbing, but it’d take me a month. I can do the wiring, but it’d take me three weeks. Now we’re getting to the part where I’ll actually be able to contribute.
When I say “contribute”, people always misunderstand my intentions. I don’t mean, “I want to be able to tell people that I helped build the house”, and I don’t mean that I want to lie to my kids about “I did everything, from design to execution.” I mean that I want to put a little sweat into the place I plan on living the rest of my life. I don’t think people appreciate a thing when it’s given to them (or, in this case, if they just pay for it with a loan). I want to actually care for these things.
I want to put in the insulation because it’s a crappy job. After that, I’d like to put in the floor because it takes forever. Once that’s done, maybe I can do the finish electric or plumbing. I can put my own mailbox in or hang my own cabinets. I’d like to say this house is mine because I actually did something to earn it, not just pay off 360 minimum payments.
…and that’s what’s wrong with these kids today.
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