Intergenerational Service-Learning Project Analysis

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For my Intergenerational Service-Learning Project I chose option B. I thought that this was the best choice for me because it gave me the chance to be creative and hands on. I typically enjoy activities and learning in a more hands on setting, so I figured that I would get more out of the project by choosing this option. So, I guess the choice was very easy, but figuring out who I would work with and what we would do was the hard part. The gentleman that I chose to work with on this project name is Roscoe Farrell. He is an older gentleman that lives in the town of Pittsboro, NC and create various things out of wood and metal for people in the town. I came across him by a suggestion of a friend. I told my friend about the project and he remembered …show more content…
RF’s wife Teresa was around a lot always making us food and bringing us drinks. They have been married for a very long time, I didn’t ask specifically how long, but its longer than I’ve been alive. They seem to go very well together, I watched them and she seemed to know what he wanted and he seemed to know what she was going to say before it even happened. It was like a movie honestly; you see those things in movies but it’s a lot different to see it in real life. One day while I was over there Teresa came into the garage and knocked over RF’s tool box and a lot of the stuff spilled out that we needed to use. Instead of getting mad or even a little upset RF just laughed and so did his wife, while we all just picked up the tools. She told me that they just joke with each other so much and when they accidentally do something like knock over his tools there is no sense in getting worked up over it or annoyed. I took that to be good advice for other stuff more than just a relationship. There is no sense in wasting time being mad about things where you can’t change the outcome so it is easier to just laugh about it and move on. I noticed when the tools did get knocked over that they were both physically limited. When it fell over I jumped right over and bent over and started picking up tools and stuff. It took RF and his wife a little bit longer to get over to some of the tools and to bend down to pick some …show more content…
I asked him about aging because that’s what I was supposed to learn about through working with him and he gave a pretty great response. He told me that aging is hard, which is what I thought, but when you think about all the good things it ends up not being that bad. HE said it sucks because you can’t really do everything you used to be able to do but you eventually get used to it. It took RF a while to get over the fact that he couldn’t do all the handy work he used to do. He is a typical southern man very independent and does everything himself and he does it the best. He said once he retired and had nothing to do he went around fixing everything and making tons of new stuff for around the house. His arthritis got worse so he wasn’t able to do that as much and more or fix things as easy around the house. Now if something goes wrong he calls his son to come over and fix it, he told me that using a family member to help out for the stuff he can’t do anymore makes it easier because that’s what family is for. Now every couple weeks if his arthritis isn’t flaring up he build stuff for friends or for around the house but if a lot happens at once he needs help. He told that once I get to that point it is better to just let people who are willing help. It makes it a whole lot easier on yourself and people close to you. They get frustrated when you don’t let them help and you

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