Now since Black Friday, the worst retail workers' day of the year, has passed, I'd like to take a little time to say thanks to EVERYONE who works over the holidays.
Thanks to every retail worker who had to sacrifice their holiday for not going insane and by making the best of the situation. You guys see people at their worst who scream over not getting the last $100 TV or $10 blender during the holiday season and somehow keep a smile on.
Thanks to the restaurant workers who always miss
at least one holiday a year and deal with the same crazy people for a pre
shopping coffee or after post shopping meal. I've been there before, and know
how insane that feeling is of trying to quickly process orders of hungry, antsy
crusties who are trying to speed away to stand in an unmoving line for an XBox.
Thanks to doctors and nurses and other medical staff who keep hospitals and emergency rooms open for those in need of care for illness or unfortunate holiday accidents. The pay may be much, much higher than most people's, but the constant stress from having lives in their hands in addition to long hours are always there.
Thanks to emergency service workers. There's always a news story over the holidays of a fire or break in or some other misfortune that none of us would want to experience, especially over the holidays. Fire fighters, police, and all other emergency first responders help alleviate some of the pain that comes with these tragedies.
Thanks to the deployed troops who not only spend the holidays away from home, but months to a year away, all while having the possibility of never coming home at all. Whether you support the war or not, we all know that spending so much time away from family, friends, and the familiar is no easy task.
Thanks to everyone who works in television and
sports over the holidays. Its easy to forget there are people behind the screen
who make sure everything runs smoothly so we can watch a football game together
after indulging in three plates of turkey or that the players themselves have
families, many of whom have young children.
Thanks to those working in assisted living homes for the handicapped and elderly. While many do visit their relatives living in these situations, there are many who don't get visitors for the holidays for whatever reason. Employees here may be all the company some of these people get to spend the holidays with.
And lastly, thanks to those who sacrifice their holidays to do a little good in their community. Workers and volunteers for homeless shelters, food banks, as well as animal shelters all make sure the holidays are a little better for others while they could be indulging themselves and the only payment here is gratitude from those they help. This sort of sacrifice is the embodiment of the holiday spirit.
I hope I didn't leave anyone out of my thank you list but if I did, or you'd like to write your own list, add it in the comments. Despite our own individual hardships, let's be thankful for everyone who makes these hardships a little easier to deal with.
May all your custys be nice,