Jul 11, 2012

painting the church

across the street a van pulls up and unloads men and ladders. 
they've been working all week on the big new england white church, scraping, sanding, and now painting.  it's going to look great! 
they are a quiet group, well behaved, fairly lean, did you guess? 
i didn't at first. but i'm pretty sure they are from the prison.  
a good deal for the church, non-profits can hire them for a low wage, and a good deal for them.  
make some money, get out of jail for a week, do some good for somebody in the summer sunshine and green hills.
it used to creep me out a little to see these guys out working somewhere or playing volleyball in the prison yard,
until someone pointed out to me that they are pretty much mostly our friends and neighbors.

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