Hard Work Pays Off
A small - and intensely focused - team of builders got together this past Saturday morning to build a new ramp for Jesse. Though windy and cold, these guys, along with their veteran team leader Mac, were smiling and joking with each other when I visited. They were hard at work when I stopped by and clearly accomplished what they set out to achieve - once again.
And, what a family I had the opportunity to meet! Jesse is pictured here with his wife Dolly and daughter Margie. Jesse and Dolly have been married for over sixty years. The secret to a long, happy marriage they tell me, is all about the art of compromise and a lot of hard work.
Speaking of hard work, Jesse worked for the same company for over 29 years - and worked seven days a week for 26 of them - to provide for his family. He left the house at four o'clock in the morning for nearly four decades, often not returning until 9 or 10 o'clock at night.
His life changed dramatically back in 1984 when Jesse injured his leg falling off of a loading dock. His leg was fused and contains four steel pins. He has had to make a lot of adjustments as a result of the accident. For one, Jesse was not used to accepting help.
That being said, because navigating his porch was getting increasingly challenging - he turned to the Dallas Ramp Project and he and his loving family are glad they did. Jesse is looking forward to enjoying his new ramp and the ease of getting in and out of the house.
This Christmas, Jesse and his family has a lot to be thankful for - for each other, the rest of their family and the goodness of others. We wish them, and our dedicated volunteers, all of the blessings of the holiday season.