DIY Driveway in a Day
Rome wasn’t built in a day, but our new driveway was! We had been talking about a driveway for a while and this past month the mud has been worse than ever. One morning Ryan woke up and decided it was time. He went out and prepped the area and then had a dump truck deliver a load of sand (most of the sand is for a different project).
We shoveled sand to drive out the swamp that’s encroached in our yard.
And then the dump truck returned and gave us a load of gravel.
Our neighbor Alvin lent us extra rakes and shovels and from then on out we were moving gravel. For hours…and hours… and hours. The project drew a lot of attention. Cars would slow down to look at us and pedestrains and cyclists would make comments.
“That’s what I call ‘Git er done!'” one guy told us.
Another man passed by twice and reported that our gravel pile was definitely getting smaller. It was good to hear, but my body was still tiring.
At one point I paused to wipe the steady stream of snot off my face and I saw a familiar silhouette walking down the street. It was Jacal. I could not have been happier to see him.
“Can I help???” he asked as I knew he would.
Then there were three of us shoveling and raking.
Still as the afternoon light started to dwindle, bodies ached, and blisters bled, it looked like the project would have to be completed a different day. Suddenly more reinforcements arrived! Three more neighborhood kids came over to help AND a neighborhood adult!
That night I parked in the brand new driveway. For the first time in months, I did not have to leap from my car to the grass. The mud has been eradicated.
It was thanks to a lot of hard work… and wonderful neighbors.