We have used the word “precarious” on many occasions, but the steps at the home of Sissette deserve a stronger term. We will use “treacherous” for her home.
In an effort not to be too much of the paparazzi at all of our homes, we took only a few photos, but if you would ever like to visit, they would love to walk you to their homes to show you in person. To get to the one small room in which Sissette lives, you must walk through the super-narrow passage way (good thing she's only 4'7” tall and an itty bitty thing). The narrow and treacherous stairs lead up very crooked to a small landing, at which point you must step over a gap of about 2 feet (one story below), and then awkwardly step onto the small space before her entry way of her door.
It's an obstacle of its own, now imagine carrying large items, heavy items, or, ….. your small child up and through this many times a day!
Sissette is a warrior. She is super proud of her job at PeaceCYCLE and is always the first to arrive each morning. She has the furthest to walk, but is proudly there every day in plenty of time! (ok, ok, she's been late a few times, but as for the cultural norms, she's pretty timely, and we are proud of her for that).
Today's challenge: As you gather up last minute gifts, haul casseroles from your home to grandmas, and maneuver sleeping kids from the car to their beds after a full day of family and food, be cognizant of the stairs, doorways, and hallways that allow you space to do these things with ease.