Today I’d like to thank God for those individuals who do well what I can’t (or don’t) do at all. Here are a few of them (in no particular order):
Hair stylists: My stylist cuts, snips, combs, brushes, and blow dries my hair—all the while carrying on an interesting conversation with me. I marvel at her work because she has to consider so many variables: hair texture, hair volume, hair color, cowlicks, scalp health, head shape, ear placement, forehead height, and (most importantly) client personal preferences.
Parents: I am in awe when I see parents parenting well–whether their kids are teeny weeny and have to have their noses wiped (and other places wiped too!), or whether their kids are teenagers and are going through all kinds of hormonal changes that would challenge the patience of Jesus himself, or whether their children are grown and making choices they can’t quite understand.
Computer people. Ordinarily when we interact with these people we are in a total state of panic, because the stupid computer isn’t working anymore and we don’t know why. Nor do we have the slightest clue as to what to do about it. Computer people listen to us rant and rave and even utter profanities about our computer in particular and technology in general. Then they calmly ask a few questions, sit down (or they can even do this from 100 miles away, for heaven’s sake!), peck a few keys, point the arrow hither and yon so fast it’s a blur, and presto: the computer works again! And all we can do is thank them profusely as if they have just pulled us out of a raging river—which is a good image for what they do.
Engineers. All of them! From those who build skyscrapers and bridges to those who design and make car blinkers and coffee pots.
Airplane pilot. They whiz us up to 35,000 feet in the blink of an eye where we ordinarily coast along sipping a free beverage (if we’re lucky) or staring out the window or taking a nap. Then they gradually bring us back down again and land us on this match-stick of a runway—with only a slight bump. It’s the bringing us back down ALIVE that I REALLY admire!
Good spouses. I greatly admire couples who have been married for 2 or 10 or 25 or 40 or 50 or more years, and who are somehow still in love with each other despite all the ups and downs and ins and outs of modern life. All I can say is: Wow!
Kindergarten teachers. Although I’m a teacher, I never had the little kids–those who come to school just recently potty trained (so sometimes they understandably have little “accidents” in this regard). Those who have to be taught EVERYTHING–how to sit in a desk, raise your hand, use a pencil, print your name, stand in line, eat your lunch at a big table with other kids, play NICELY on the playground, take a nap on a mat, and go to the bathroom at designated times on toilets different from the one at home.
Police officers, fire fighters, military personnel. What more need I say?
Repairers of water main breaks. Frigid weather here has caused a slew of water main breaks throughout this area. When I see these guys on the TV news (There are probably a few gals among them, but it’s hard to tell because of all the clothes they have to wear!), in that freezing weather, with water gushing all over the place, and ice forming everywhere, I think (as I sit in my warm dry living room, in my warm dry chair, under my warm dry afghan): I hope these guys (and gals) get paid a humongous amount of money for what they do!
Priests. At the height of the pedophile scandal a few years back, this profession took a massive hit. Many people looked at all priests with suspicion or even disdain. I sometimes wondered how priests mustered up the courage to don their Roman collars in public. But I personally know a lot of great priests. I hope you do too. And I know most of them do incredible work that will never be seen let alone appreciated. Case in point: The other Saturday a panic stricken man appeared on our side porch saying earnestly, “I need to talk to a priest.” I directed him to the rectory across the street and then said a little prayer for him—and for the priest.
Cake decorators: I know their work isn’t essential to human life, but their incredible artistry really enhances all those special occasions we humans like to celebrate—birthdays, weddings, First Communions, graduations, anniversaries, and so on.
That’s my list. Now I have three questions for you:
Would anyone on MY list be on YOUR list?
Are YOU on my list?
What other people not mentioned here would be on YOUR list of people to thank God for?
PS: I just learned that Fleuroselect (the international organization for the ornamental plant industry) and the Home Garden Association have declared 2015 the year of the sunflower! (I was alerted to this declaration by Gail, one of my alert readers!)