It’s been another busy week here at the Bowie House. We put up insulation making the back of the house now so much warmer. It was such an adventure to have torn down the walls and insulation during the coldest week of the winter so far. Scott the tile guy came and waterproofed the bathroom by putting up cement board and spreading green goo everywhere. We are prepared with our tile thanks to the help of Mark at Big Jim’s in Concord.
The night before our big day of hanging sheet rock, I wrote on the walls again. This time they were healing words; words like best giggle, strong, excellent driver, smart and you are loved. There were words from songs I sang to Aidan during his first year of life. There is also a secret message from Liam to Aidan in his linen closet and Uncle Josh got to sign the wall as well.
Then it was on to a full day of strapping, hanging sheetrock, and mudding. I got to use a nail gun for the first time, like in Lethal Weapon, remember? It was super fun. It was a small work crew since it was a small space, but we had helpers from aged 6-80.
One of my favorite moments was meeting and being able to thank a parent who had fought in Special Education World before me. His son was educated in the 70s, before special education law existed and kids with disabilities were easily dismissed and told to stay home or be institutionalized. It’s still not easy to be part of the Special Education process, but because of parents like him, kids like Aidan can receive a public school education.
Amanda, my interior designer and mom who gets special needs world, had a great point about the bathroom colors. We found beautiful tile and had narrowed down two paint colors to go with it. She pointed out that Aidan’s bathroom will be a space where physically and emotionally challenging tasks will happen. Because of that thought process, we went with the more calming color.
Aidan wasn’t quite sure what to make of all the noise. Well, some of it he was sure he didn’t like. Toward the end of the day when things calmed down, his Dad was using a screw gun to finish putting up sheetrock. For whatever reason Aidan found that noise to be funny. So, he helped his Dad and hand-over-hand got to shoot in a few rounds of screws. Talk about everyone having something to contribute.
P.S. I definitely don’t have favorite construction workers because I appreciate everyone’s effort, but if I did……..