In all my life, the one part of a house I had never previously paid any attention to were the soffits and facia. In fact, until about a month ago, I didn’t even know what a soffit or facia was. But now I find myself studying and dissecting the soffits and facia I see all around town.
If you remember, the bad day I had last month? The day of the crying? That was the day I first helped put up a soffit. As it turns out, they run all around the outside of the house, so it wasn’t my last day of work that I suck at.
This is the obnoxious work. It is high off the ground (often on the scaffolding). The pieces are often very long. They are awkward to pick up because of their weight or length. You have to hold them above your head while they are nailed into place and then the board moves slightly because your arms are shaking so much. And, in the end, although you’ve done a great deal of work, it’s the kind of work that nobody notices. Because absolutely nobody looks at the soffits and facia of a house and says, “Damn, those are nice looking facia on that house.”
So today, I urge you. Go outside of wherever you are living and look up. Where the roof overhangs from the top of your house/apartment/hotel/condo/etc., is where you need to direct your attention. People got up on that roof and moved and held those boards in place. And it is freaking amazing. Appreciate the wonder of the un-noticables of your home.