To continue about the volunteer jobs concerning bathrooms. I am not really a professional plumber, but I have learned a lot from them.
(This is sort of a repeat)
In 2012 we visited a church and I asked the pastor if there was a deserving person who needed some home maintenance. He smiled big, then told us about the widow Sadie. He said Sadie had never asked for anything, but she had mentioned a week before that she was having problems with a bathroom.
Sherry called Sadie and went to visit. What a joy. She is a doll and older than I. She is a widow of a rancher. A nice home and spread; only a few (less than 5) head of cattle remain. With her husband gone the ranch was running down. Sadie was learning what many folk learn, when you have a nice home with lots of land and your income is SS, Taxes can take all you have.
One of the sweetest meetings ever. While she and Sherry got acquainted in the living room, I looked at the problem. I knelt down beside her chair. And told her what she needed. New supports, new tub, faucets, tile and the traps all needed cleaning. We can do it all.
She looked me in the eye, “I know most of that, but what I need to know is how much money will I need?”
I said, “It will cost you nothing, if you can tolerate us in & out for 5-6 days.”
Tears came to her eyes, “Now look, I’m not used to this… I have to pay something!”
Sadie is a little lady. She reminded me a lot of my sister Kat. It was such a delight working for her. Sherry spent most of her time that week with cleaning up my mess and talking with Sadie. Although I normally do not eat when I work, Sadie made me stop for lunch, “At least I can feed you.” Hearing about her life and seeing that smile was all the pay we needed. There are some wonderful folk in this world.
I have told this story here in 2012, as we did the job. But I had another reason for this little series. Sadie has a daughter. She works and contributes to the support of the home. She doesn't care too much for preachers and church folk. She is a sweet person and we really liked her. Sadie shared with us that the daughter was really impressed with the project. She told her mama, "Now that is about the first thing I have seen that shows the Christian I was taught about in Sunday School."
PS: Sadie lives near Beverly Hills ........ (Florida)
This is a spiffy 1940 Pick u Truck