“My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.” – Clarence B. Kelland
This quote resonates with many in the construction industry who were “born to build.” Chris Fowler, owner of Artistic Pools, says “I remember sitting on my father’s lap, in a machine that’s 1,000 times bigger than me, and holding the joysticks hand-in-hand with him. To me, these are what my best memories look like.” For Chris, and so many others, an inherited, generational passion for construction overlaps into all aspects of life and family.
Admittedly, not everyone is born into construction. Some arrived into the industry after discovering a passion for building, simply needing a paying job, or sometimes out of sheer luck. Whether you were born to build, or built into the industry, construction will undoubtedly shaped your life and the life of your family.
Experience is not just about the number of years you’ve worked, it’s also what you’ve endured, what you’ve learned, and the difference your work makes in the lives of others. As you well know, the construction community loves to share stories, show off their completed projects or new machines, brag about battle-scars, and laugh at some of the crazy adventures that happen on the job. These moments and memories enrich our families and our shared community. Each experience, the good, the bad, and even the ugly, teaches us lessons that we can pass on to rising generations of workers and to our own children.
Today, 25 years later on a residential job-site, a bright-eyed little girl with overalls and dirt-covered pink camouflage boots is ecstatic that she gets to help her daddy move dirt with a skid steer. The memories that Chris has cherished for so long are now being remembered and relived with his daughter. They, like all of us, now live, work, struggle, embrace, and share in the industry that brings us together and impacts us deeply.