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  • Cody, running the scissor lift with a vacuum-pack on his back, looked like a young astronaut.
    Cody is Dave’s son.
    Dave works with Henry and they both trained with Henry’s Father.
    Henry’s Father, Frank ran his own ornamental plaster business for over 30 years.
    I had, on occasion, the pleasure of working with him, when he was still alive.

    He once brought a box of Italian pastries to a worksite with pride and generosity.
    “The more Pops yelled at you, the more he loved you,” Dave once said.

    Cody, out of school for the summer, came to help Dave and Henry finish their work on an elaborate plaster ceiling.
    Helping for Cody meant sweeping, getting water in five gallon buckets, climbing up and down the scaffold with tools, and mixing troughs of plaster.

    Dave was visibly proud that his son had wanted to come help.
    Cody had posted a picture on his face book page with the caption: ”Look at what my Dad can do.”

    Last night was a big dinner and tour for the many benefactors.
    As I left work the tablecloths were being smoothed down, glasses stacked and carts of wine were being wheeled up to the big gallery.
    A lectern was set up for speeches.
    They would get to see the various projects, current and future.
    They will have a tour of the rooms and see the ceiling.

    I am certain they will admire the workmanship, the design and it’s relationship to the woodwork.

    But I wish they could have seen Cody working.
    I wish they could know the three generations that have gone into that work.

    History is alive and present.
    It is now and is becoming the future.
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