For my family, the Thanksgiving weekend is just another work week. While everyone else was spending the day with their friends and family, eating themselves into oblivion, my children watched as their father got ready for work. While most were sitting down to watch football in their post-lunch stupor, they were standing at the door and waving goodbye.
So, in honor of families like mine – the public employees who patrol our streets, sit on call in case a deep fryer sets a house on fire, or the nurses and residents who care for patients in the hospital or nursing home – I wanted to say thank you.
This holiday season, I’m most thankful for those who go to work while everyone else is off to play. On holidays, weekends, and nights when the rest of the residents in our state are sleeping in their beds, these workers are on the job with nary a thought from those they serve. They have been vilified, blamed, and otherwise maligned by those in power and by thoughtless citizens who want what they will not pay for.
My deepest gratitude goes out to public employees, for all that they do and for spending so many weekends, evenings, and holidays away from their families in service to our cities, counties, and state. As a society, we do not value your contribution anywhere near enough – so, from my family to yours, thank you.