Note To Myself
Remember those people who work outside their entire shift, everyday, in all the elements and don’t complain about the weather.
Things I Used To Take For Granted
As I sit here in my toasty warm office, the wind rattles the window, the snow swirls outside, I think about my sons. They have both worked outside in the railroad yard for several years. I wonder often if they made it to work safely on the snow-covered slick roads. I hope they’re dressed warm enough to be out in this mess for their ten-hour shift?
I shiver when I think about how many times the icy rain has found its way to the collar of my coat and run down my neck, or when I shovel the snow and it is so deep it creeps over the top of my boots. I feel like I’ll never be warm again. Brrr! I wonder how my son’s can stand working outside, but neither of them ever complain and both seem to enjoy their jobs.
Because of my sons working in the elements, I’ve become more aware of my complaints. I try to think of all the people who work outdoors, not only my sons, and I know most are never told to stay home because of any seasonal weather conditions.
I’m especially appreciative for the late start to our snowfall this winter season. My husband broke his foot while jogging in September.
This experience has taught us great empathy, respect, and admiration for all those who have to use crutches, or are in wheel chairs, using walkers or canes and/or with any kind of physical disability. It takes courage, strength, great effort, and care to get in and out of a vehicle, and going up and down steps is downright scary on normal day, but then add snow and ice. Whew, it’s treacherous!
Let’s Talk About Heat
I try to remember in those sweltering dog days of summer all those who work at a steel mill around furnaces which are thousands of degrees. I can’t imagine doing this type of work either, but am grateful for those who do and all those who have in the past. Where would our world be without steel?
Our buildings and homes are held together with steel beams, our automobiles, and machines of all sorts, weapons for our military, internal parts of many things, cans, aluminum foil, tools, etc . . . are all made from steel. These jobs aren’t always pleasant, but make such a difference in our world.
Besides being thankful to my immediate family for the jobs that they do and the services and products they provide, they’re many other jobs where employees have to bear the elements of the weather year around.
In Appreciation To
Our military service men and women that work and sometimes sleep outdoors in all conditions,
Firemen and women,
Our wonderful postal workers,
The snow removal teams,
The road repair crews,
Electricians, Plumbers, and Furnace repairmen that are called to do jobs outside or with no heat inside,
Telephone and Cable repair personal that keep us connected, no matter what,
Mason’s and Welders can be called anytime and go anywhere to do their jobs,
Our dedicated farmers,
Ski instructors, lift operators, mechanical team and grounds keepers,
Skating rink attendants and maintenance,
And these people and the dedicated jobs they do everyday are the reasons why,
I will not complain about the weather.
P.S. My apologies to any of those who work outdoors that I may have missed. Let me know and I’ll add your position to the list.