We weren't sure what to expect when we started the first installment of our first Public Square project with NPR this month.
We were hoping for a small, square-shaped glimpse into the lives of hard working people from across the United States and beyond. And we got more than we hoped for.
Just to name a few, we got to know a carpenter in Detroit, statue carvers in Nepal, a tailor in Colombia, custodians in California and a maid in Texas.
You shared with us the hidden lives in our own cities that we'd never seen and faraway places that we may never visit. Hard work is happening every day, here in California and all over the world.
One theme ran throughout the stories of your subjects shared in the captions. For the most part, it seems, this hard work is redemptive and satisfying for those who do it.
These are some of our favorite submissions from the project. Be sure to check out the rest here.