We remembered asking our folks if they would come to our fifth-grade work day.
We thought it was silly to have a work day when you were in fifth grade.
We were too young to do the tasks our parents did, and too young to worry about getting a task. We were cheerful our folks didn’t show up, because this was proving to be a lame and embarrassing day for everyone. All we could think about was that we were missing supper. Our friends were exasperated because everyone was bored. A minute later, the mentor said we had one last person who would come in to talk to us. We were writing in our book and reading a little until we heard the voice. He introduced himself and said he was an Heating, Ventilation & A/C professional on a ship. We felt tears in our eyes, because we hadn’t seen our brother in over 2 years. We got up and ran to him and didn’t want to let go. We had tears in our eyes as we pulled up a desk so we could be near him. He told the class about being an Heating, Ventilation & A/C professional in the Navy. He said that as an Heating, Ventilation & A/C pro, he was responsible for fantastic air quality on the ship. He made sure that everyone who worked in the bowels of the ship had heating & a/c. He was also responsible for making the gentlemen on the ship comfortable by supplying fresh air. When he was done talking, everyone was dismissed, and all we could do was cry and keep hugging our brother.