Saturday, May 23, 2015
In between Minnesota trips, I've been back to working on the house. It's ALMOST ready to be called habitable again. Last weekend, we put in the new shower door.
To be more accurate, I watched Joe and his longtime Scoutmaster, Jim, install the shower door. It was a treat. Jim is a retired glazier; he's been working with glass for a long time. And, he's been showing Joe how to do things since Joe was knee-high to a grasshopper.
As soon as the glass was unboxed, the teacher-student bond snapped back into place. Jim hung back; watching us work, making suggestions (not giving orders) about how this and that might be a good way to get the job done right. As soon as the basic steps were done, I found myself on the sidelines, watching them work together.
The first day, we'd put the frame in place. Once the caulk was in, Jim shrugged his shoulders, and allowed how that, if it were his place, he'd stop there for the day and give the caulk a chance to set. Not being fools, we closed up shop for the day, and headed out to get a set of those glass suction cups that the professionals use to maneuver large panes of glass (another Jim suggestion).
The next morning, he came back out, and showed Joe how to properly set glass. We used the cups to easily hold the glass while he put his handy-dandy shims (that just happened to get into his pockets that morning) into place to level it out. He showed Joe how to put in those black rubber edge strips properly - leave a bit of extra in the line, so as the rubber dries and shrinks, it'll settle back to even and not pull and crack on you.
He did the hard line of caulk - the one between the two panes of glass - himself, which I much appreciated, because if that part is messed up, the whole thing looks bad. They worked, bantered, exchanged jokes.
In these last years, Jim's eased out of the leadership role of the troop. Joe's gone from baby scout to Eagle Scout, to leader, and their relationship's grown with Joe. It was easy to see they both enjoyed a bit of time in their old roles; guide and student. And I enjoyed watching it unfold.
Yup, I got my shower door installed; that was the least of it. Thank Goodness for men who take time to lead and teach and mentor young scouts. We'd all be poorer without them.