The Norman Transcript


July 6, 2013

Mind over matter

NORMAN — When faced with a challenging task, do you automatically assume “I can’t do this, it’s too hard”? Do you pick up the telephone and hire someone to do the job? Or, are you the “can do” type who will tackle anything?

Some people have bypassed the “I can’t” line. Instead, the motto “Where there is a will, there is a way” is part of their genetic makeup. However, this willingness to tackle anything and everything does not come without the inherent hazards of such undertakings.

Several years ago we wanted to build a large storage building on our property. Our Bouncing Baby Boy (aka BBB) was visiting at the time and he took the project and ran with it. This meant he had to choose an appropriate metal building (with input from Hubby and yours truly with regard to color and final size), get a price, order the building, find and hire someone to pour a concrete slab. And set up the building.

The building arrived in pieces, many pieces. This 30’ x 40’ building became Bouncing Baby Boy’s grownup Erector Set. The difference between this and the one from his childhood was size. To get the right perspective, imagine the giant from Jack and the Beanstalk as a toddler sitting on the floor of the castle playing with his Erector Set.

Attaching the base to the concrete slab was fairly safe, which was followed by the metal posts all around the edge of the building. When Hubby and I left for work, this basic framework was set up. But when we came home, the entire framework, including the part which will support the roof, was completed.

How did BBB manage to raise the girders and attach them all by himself? The clever lad fetched the John Deere tractor and used the frontend loader to hold the ceiling girders in place until every rivet was firmly attached. The vision of the John Deere with frontend loader raised in the middle of the building is etched in my memory, along with the ensuing heart palpitations as I considered all that could have gone wrong.

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