Today was another busy day with more paint. A little white and yes, some more yellow! Graham and myself were working in one of the back classrooms early this morning and we had shut the door to keep the red dust out from the grinding that was taking place on the stairwell. When Graham decided he needed to go out for a few moments, we found the door stuck. We tried for a few minutes to get out but to no avail. Given the inside door was covered in plastic and there was only a tiny window, I started yelling "HELP, HELP" and I began banging on the door over the noise of the grinder. I finally got Grant's attention who came to our aid. Before long, a variety of tools were being slipped under the door so we could pry open the door jam.....but to no avail. The head contractor came along and he didn't have any success either. Using a sharp blade that was passed under the door to us, to try to pry open the door jam, I hear Graham say, "Mary your dripping." And it wasn't sweat. It was blood. Yes, after warnings from the guys outside to "be careful", I cut myself and I was being careful!! After about 25 minutes, Grant and Karol came up with a brilliant idea to lower a screwdriver from the 3rd floor window to use as the next tool. They lowered the screwdiver with duct tape. Brilliant!!! When Karol was shouting and pointing to the window, I thought to myself they are going to now take a run for the door.......move way back! I turned around towards the window and there is a screwdiver swinging back and forth in the gentle breeze attached to duct tape. These guys were amazing. Yes, the screwdiver did work and after 30 minutes of down time and a good crowd of onlookers outside the door we were free! We all had a good laugh and we likely provided some entertainment for our Cambodian co-workers.
Tomorrow is our last day working in Svay Pak and I can feel a heavy heart already but more about that later....... Blessings and love to you all in Vancouver. Mary