R is for Roofer

Once again I have picked a theme for the A to Z Challenge. This time I aim to entertain rather than to educate. My theme is careers or occupations. I begin with a piece of creative writing.

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Ruth and Rufus are roofers. In the past they might have been thatchers, but there are not many thatched roofs left. Tilers are another sort of roofer. Thatcher and Tiler have continued as surnames. Ruth and Rufus specialise in stone and slate. Slater and Stone are surnames too. Stone roofs have larger, heavier stones lower on the roof and smaller lighter ones higher up.  Vertigo prevents people becoming roofers. A head for heights is required. Nowadays scaffolding and a safety harness are part of roofers’ essential equipment. After storms roofers are in demand. Early replacement of dislodged roof-tiles and slates is recommended. It would be silly to wait until water penetrated. Perhaps that is the derivation of having a tile missing or a slate loose.

Further reading: Roofer


Roof tiles

Ruth means friend (or pity with ruthless being its antonym) and Rufus means red. It is a pity that slate is grey and tiles are usually red!

A story in the Bible about building is told in the Book of Nehemiah. I wrote Nehemiah’s story for a previous A to Z Challenge.Ruth has a book all to herself. It is a heart-warming story of tragedy with a happy ending. It is only 4 chapters. Please click on the link to the first chapter and carry on reading to the end.


4 thoughts on “R is for Roofer

  1. I couldn’t be a roofer because I am one of those who gets uneasy in high places. I guess one would get used to it after a while, but I’ve never gotten comfortable climbing up ladders.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out


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