As we head into Christmas weekend, it’s worth pausing for a moment to thank those who won’t necessarily be spending it with family and friends, but will be on the job in those essential services that, unlike most of the rest, don’t shut down just because it’s a holiday.
From airline pilots to bus drivers, from clerks at stores to servers at some restaurants to those keeping hotels and airports humming, not to mention the police and fire and hospital personnel and the military, Dec. 25 for some is just another day on the job.
Some do it by choice (I used to work Christmases at the Myrtle Beach Sun-News; got a couple of bonus comp days in exchange, and Dec. 25 usually was a verrrrrry quiet day in the newsroom), while others come up on the short end of the stick for whatever reason and have to come in.
Even if you’re not in need of any of their services tomorrow, think nice thoughts about those who keep things running so the rest of us can enjoy a holiday respite.
PARSHING HIS WORDS CAREFULLY: The Falls Church News-Press recently interviewed U.S. Rep. Don Beyer (D-8th) about the first year of the Biden presidency, and one of the words that local member of Congress used to describe it was “extraordinary.”
Well, that’s one way to diplomatically put it, given the myriad definitions of that word 🙂
Any more “extraordinary” performance emanating from the White House in 2022, and Biden’s job-approval rating will be equal to his shoe size come the midterms …………..
- Scott McCaffrey