Hello. It's me.
I have been trying to decide
what to share with you
I've come a long way
in the wiring world.
I now know the difference
between 12 guage, 14-2 and 14-3 wire...
I now know how to drill holes in the studs
for the wire to go through,
and I know how to
shove that wire through the holes
from one outlet to another.
I now know what single boxes, double boxes and heavy duty fan/light boxes are.
I now know that climbing up and down ladders all day
makes your legs ache.
I now know that holding your arms up over your head all day
makes your shoulders ache.
I now know that being an electrician's assistant
is not for sissies.
One thing that has been hard for me to learn
is that my electrician wants me to learn.
He wants me to understand why he does things
the way he does.
He wants to teach me about electricity
so that I can anticipate what tool he will need next,
or what room we will move to next,
or where I will want to put the switches and plug-ins next.
He wants me to remember all the lingo
he taught me yesterday
so he won't have to explain it all again
day after day.
Every time I sit down to ponder whether to paint the
library Quiver Tan
or the bathroom Night Owl,
bring me the small battery operated drill,
bring me another box of staples,
switch out these bits....
I now know that
wiring is slow-
but it must be done,
and it must be done right.
You can work at it for days
and not see any progress.
Wiring in winter is cold business.
I now know that one must wear two pairs of everything
and you will still be cold.
Two gloves, two pants, two socks, two hats...
hot coffee in a thermos and lots of granola bars to keep
there is a little lull in my duties
and I get to gaze out at this scene
Who could ask for more?