My oldest daughter lives several states away. We talk by phone often, but she works shifts as a emergency dispatcher so it takes a bit of coordination to make our schedules line up.
I asked her about Thanksgiving and she is working from noon to 10 p.m. I will be two time zones away so we will talk about nine in the morning that day.
She won't be eating a traditional fa-mily dinner. Her husband works an ambulance crew so he understands. He is off that day.
In the back of my mind I think about those who work holidays to keep us safe, but until you either have family that does that or someone needs the services of some of those people it is easy to not give them the due they deserve.
I for one want to give thanks to the individuals that will be working on Thanksgiving.
While many of us will be hoping we don't burn the Turkey, there will be thousands around the nation on the ready hoping we don't burn down our homes.
When we are crashing after dinner from the effects of feasting, there will be police and highway patrolmen who are returning from crashes on the roadway. Some of them will be left with memories of horrific things that they will won't forget for Thanksgivings to come.
When we are calling family and friends, there will be dispatchers fielding calls and directing help where it is needed.
As we scurry around to fix our dinner there will be hospitals full of doctors, nurses, x-ray techs and more, fixing broken bodies and trying to heal the sick.
There are also the janitors and people who stock the medical carts that will spend all or part of their day to make sure the system keeps running.
Here's to the store clerks and managers that go to man the checkout stands so we can run in and grab a pound of butter or the cool whip for the pie we forgot to get earlier in the week.
Lest we not forget the individuals that take care of our elderly that are living in nursing homes. Even those that will not be visited by family on this day, will not be alone. Just like the hospital there will be nurses, aides, cooks and janitors spending their day away from their family to take care of others.
And I will not forget the military that must be on their posts and protect our borders no matter what holiday it is. They are on bases all over the country as well as at locations around the world.
I have worked many a holiday over my life. Every year our family takes a minute to say what we are thankful for before we eat. I know I will take an extra few minutes when it is my turn to acknowledge the many who are there to make my life much easier and safer.