FAIRMONT – Marcus Eytcheson was reading a riddle for his daughter’s classroom and tried hard to find a book to read to the class. At the time, he wished he could have read a book about what he did for a living. This visit to the classroom inspired him to write his book “Up on the roof.”
Eytcheson grew up in Truman and spent most of his life there. Eytcheson spent most of his life building and roofing. At the canopy, Eytcheson began tearing down shingles and hauling tarpaulins to the dumpster while cleaning it. Eytcheson worked his way up various roof teams, installing asphalt shingles, flat rubber roofs, and metal roofs. Eytcheson is currently a visionary at Local Roofing LLC, a parent company of several smaller rooftop locations in the Midwest, headquartered in Fairmont, Fairmont Roofing.
“Up on the roof” follows Marcos, the roofer, on a typical day in the roofing season, from getting up in the morning to taking the truck and trailer to work, rolling out the plans and starting the roofing project, tidying up and finally the journey home.
Eytcheson said it took him about 15 minutes to write the story and then he had to rewrite it so a child could actually read it.
“When I read it again there are a few words and the way it is phrased that is kind of goofy to me.” Said Eytcheson. “But that’s the only way I can make some of the words small enough for a child to read.”
It took Eytcheson about a year to write, get a cartoonist to draw the pictures and publish them. Eytcheson described himself as an entrepreneur with the hiring of “I start a lot of things” and he has a lot of ideas so it was cool for him to finish it from start to finish.
“That was great” Said Eytcheson. “I mean, I only see it on the printed pages, the people who have drawn and colored, and it looks amazing. It’s just a little neat to have the idea, work it through and implement it.
“Up on the roof” is written in English and Spanish. Eytcheson’s friend in the Church helped with all the translations. The reason for this was to give its Hispanic staff the opportunity to read to their children and show their children what their job is like.
Eytcheson already read his book at St. John Vianney School in the kindergarten classroom, first and second grade. Every time he read he got a little better over time. The questions he was given were about the bird on the very last page, and the other questions have little to do with the book or the roof itself.
“I think they enjoyed it and I really enjoyed reading for the kids. That was probably the best part. “ Said Eytcheson. “It’s fun doing things like that, and I don’t always have the time or the time to do these things, so it’s nice. When they stretched out, I absolutely believed we were going to come down. “
The general message Eytcheson wanted to send is that there is a book out there describing what he and other roofers are doing. Eytcheson said there are books for all sorts of other jobs, but he believes the building trade will be a problem in the future as there may be fewer people who want to do it and know how to do it.
“If maybe it was introduced to kids when they were younger, it might change that trend a little.” Said Eytcheson.
“I think people don’t know how much money can be made building trades and it just keeps getting better.”
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