I used to think that the 10 year class reunion was the great equalizer.
It seemed to take about 10 years for the have and the havenots – once shaken out to the real world- to discover life truths.
At 10 years most of the classmates had kids. Most were married or had found someone to make life decisions with.
All the money, or lack of it, we had growing up was gone. We were on our own.
Mostly this seemed about right. There we were, not quite 30, doing all the grown up things we had wanted to do so badly.
But as we found out, real life wasn’t easy. We may have wanted to be rich, but working retail or in an office or even fixing cars, was the reality.
So now, almost 50 years later ,another equalizer has occurred.
All of a sudden all those people who provide very ordinary tasks are very, very important.
Had we aspired to work at a grocery store, or pick up groceries for delivery service, our classmates would have thought us just a little unambitious.
But there are folks right now, wanting to see their hair dresser or the person who does pedicures. They want to talk to the store clerks in person.
They are thankful for the men and women who drive our trash trucks.
More than grateful for the ones running the water purification and sewer plants. All those people who work at the edges of our lives.
We are at their mercy. We depend on them to help us get by.
So we need to tell them “thank you.”
If appropriate we need to tip them. And tip them well.
We are – as they say – all in this together.
We depend on those people we may have overlooked. Of course if you have ever stayed in hospital you know how important those people are. But the other people, we owe them the fact that although we may not want to be in our homes and safe. The work they are doing allows us to remain civilized and safe.
So no one is better than anyone else. Take the time to give a friendly wave. thank your mail man, be thankful for your stylist, treat these people with respect and when appropriate tip them well.
This virus very possibly has humbled some of us. It sees no difference in financial status. It doesn’t discriminate in where your place is in society.
So whoever you are you have people to thank, and now is a good time to start.
Pandemic a great equalizer; say thanks to essential workers