It doesn’t seem to mean anything to anyone I talk to, but I’ve always thought of the hod-carrier as the very emblem of hard work. The construction site would grind to a halt without his quiet, dedicated labor. He toils at this thankless job, willing to let others grab the glory, content that he played a small part in the overall accomplishment.
I’m like that hod-carrier, happy to pitch in when others have some pressing need, when there’s something needing doing that they don’t understand. They take the high-level view, they take the credit at the end, and I don’t care. I did what I did, and I’m just glad to make it all happen more smoothly.
That’s him there in the upper right-hand corner. Hooray for the hod-carrier!