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630 AM wake-up calls 9 hour work days 100 degree temperatures One of the most rewarding experiences of my life Let me explain Earlier this year in June more specifically I traveled to rural Kentucky with some friends and other members of my church to build and repair houses for the less fortunate Looking back I learned and experienced more than I could have ever imagined Some people I knew from school and some from our parish had volunteered for this work in the past I had never been interested I am still not sure what caused me to sign up that weekend in March Boredom Curiosity I vaguely recall a nagging in the back of my mind to do something worthwhile Maybe starting to consider the world beyond my friends and ESPN is part of growing up Almost immediately I began to have second thoughts This was summer vacation and Appalachia was not going to be a week at the beach I was already going back to the millwork shop Long hours of manual labor but at least I would be paid Rural Kentucky was no pay no air-conditioning no McDonalds and I was thinking no fun The night before I was to leave my dad and I were collecting some hand tools from the workbench He knew I had lost my initial enthusiasm Keep an open mind he said maybe it will work out better than you think Fair enough I decided if I was going to do this I was going to go into it with a better attitude and ready to help It wasnt long before his advice paid off As we approached the house we were to stay at in the mountains our van got a flat tire We were the last van in the caravan our driver
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