Just some thoughts:
One of the most important people in my day yesterday was a tow truck driver. Today a mechanic.
Yesterday as I was backing out of my drive (my wife and I had a dinner date in Nashville) I did such, then tried to shift my car (Chrysler convertible) from reverse into drive and bingo, it would not go. The linkage on the transmission broke. I only learn that later.
There we sat, my wife and I in the middle of the street in front of our house. The car would not move. It was now locked in transmission that would not change. One of my neighbors came out of his house, another turning the corner now blocked by my car came to help. We tried pushing the car, rocking the car to try and move it to the curb. No go.
We then got on the phone and called for a tow truck. Luckily he arrived in not too long a time. He pulled up in a truck that sounded like judgement day. Driver hops out, blue work pants (couple sizes too big) steel toed shoes and a shirt with his name above the pocket. You’ve seen this before. We all have.
He then finds a number of chains crawls under the car and puts them in places where I would have had no idea. Then he operated some levers on the side of his truck and pulls the car on to the bed of the truck. Off he goes taken my wounded vehicle to the garage and my mechanic where I have taken all my cars for the past seventeen years living here.
Early this morning as I sat by myself drinking my coffee I thought about those two people. A tow truck driver and a mechanic. How often do we stop and think about what we call the “Blue Collar” people? You know the one “who doesn’t have a college education,” or appear a bit different than many in our circle of people.
You know sometimes the most important people in one’s day might be the people that we give the least thought. Much of the world operates on the skills and goodness of the blue collar person, woman or man.
You know the one with their name just above the pocket on their shirt.
They are deserving of our respect.
May 20, 2019
Posted May 30, 2019