Digging in the Dirt
In my first year participating in the Appalachia Service Project, we were digging holes to put in a handicap accessible ramp off an existing porch. The going was tough and slow, especially because of the rocky West Virginia soil.
One little boy was standing on the porch, leaning on the railing. He sighed and wistfully lamented, "You guys are lucky! You get to play in the dirt!"
The second stage of work on the addition was the digging in the dirt. We had some boys who were really excited to see a backhoe in our own backyard! They dug a nice hole for the footer.
The soil was very nice, so Tara appropriated some of it for the retaining wall alongside our driveway (it drops off into the neighbor's yard). Then our boys got to do their own construction in the dirt.
(photos to come)