Our group was motivated because we could see our progress. After meeting Elmore, we wanted to make him a beautiful floor. Halfway through the day, Elmore stopped by, and we insisted that he come in and see his floor. Again, Elmore stated that he knows the floor is fine. He doesn't need to see it to know that it ok. He did come in though, stating that he can't wait until his wife can see this floor. His wife has been living in Atlanta because she had to stay there to work. Meanwhile, Elmore lives in a tiny back apartment so that he can be available to the people working on his house, and so he can watch his grandchildren.
Elmore also stopped by at the end of the day, when, sadly, we hadn't quite finished the floor. He was so appreciative, loving what we had done for him. He doesn't feel sorry for himself, despite what he has been through. He invited us to come to his home next year for some gumbo, and we're sure we will! YUM!
|The floor when we were done for the day, almost completed|
Looking back on our week, we have realized, more than ever, the importance of going home. Today, as we are packing up our stuff to head to our homes, we realize that we are lucky to have a home, often taking for granted how important having a home really is. We take with us the Spirit of New Orleans, having learned a lot about this city this week, and we plan to keep coming back until everyone has been given the opportunity to come home.