Posts Tagged ‘tradesmen


Monuments to What?

Usually the first thing to catches the eye is the graffiti, the lighting, the angles and lastly the canvas. The mind might think of what type of person sprayed the ‘art’ or markings on the building? When did they do it? What does it mean? Any more, given the amount of such markings about town, I could care less.

These days, my eyes are drawn to the row upon row of exquisitely placed brick and mortar. The door way with the diagonal inserts, the tradesmen that created a structure so others might fulfill their enterprising dream and others might provide support for themselves and families. 

The monument of a craftsman trumps the spray can. Odds are the hands holding the spray can will never hold a brick trowel. Rationalize it how you will; I refuse to anymore.

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Blue Collar Trades (Men & Women)

As I pass the time, of late, with my 94 y/o aunt, I hear stories from the 1940’s. She recounts the scary times of leaving home as a teenage girl (she and my mom left abusive conditions as teenage girls and made it cross country to California and Oregon) and later working in factories as a young woman doing men’s work. The men were mostly gone then, in the military for WWII. She recounts with pride making 55 gallon drums for hours on end for the war effort. My dad was blue collar his whole life. My father in law as well. I am surrounded by tradesmen and women (farm girls that could do it all). Odd how I moved away from that direction. Not by cognizant design, as much as by educator’s expectations & my peers all heading off to college (although I do remember a high school counselor telling me I’d be better served to forgo college and just go straight into the Army). 

Lately, I have been seeing Mike Rowe (the Dirty Jobs guy) pushing an initiative for more emphasis on blue collar trades education and promotion. I couldn’t agree more. There is a glut of the highly educated/leisure class. Perhaps some day we can have an increase in the trades that is viewed as an honorable life choice. Mike Rowe Works 

Mike Rowe promotes the Trades for the Men & Women of America

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