Plowing through to benefit all
The next time you see a snow plow driver, say âThank you,â because if it werenât for that driver, you might not have gotten to work in the wake of our recent snowstorms.
Think about what these folks go through every time we have snow. Not just major snow, but any snow. They have to get out there and plow, salt or sand, and they arenât doing it because they need to get to work. They are at work, making sure that you get where you need to go.
And they donât work an 8-5 day, not by a long shot. They are out at all hours in the worst weather.
Plow drivers, like police officers, like firefighters, like teachers, are often forgotten until we need them, and then, oh, well, where the heck are they, because we need them right now!
Why canât Johnny read? Because nobody plowed his teacherâs road, so she couldnât get to school. Of course, thereâs a good chance Johnny couldnât get to school, either, if his road wasnât plowed.
We take so much for granted in this fortunate nation, and we should remember that the next time we hear the plow going by at 2 a.m.
And then, to add to the problems of our plow drivers, thereâs this:
Cars and trucks parked in the way of the plows.
Milford Department of Public Works Director Rick Riendeau told selectmen at their meeting last week that the town might want to restore the old November-to-April ban on parking along town roads because vehicles are a big headache for plow drivers. Just what they need on top of snow and ice.
Itâs nice, of course, that in the last several years weâve started thanking military veterans for their service. It has become almost rote when we learn that someone has been in the armed forces to say, âThank you for your service.â It hasnât yet become rote to the point of being meaningless.
But we shouldnât forget the men and women who serve right here at home in jobs that we surely do take for granted.
Thank you, police officer.
Thank you, firefighter.
Thank you, teacher.
Oh, and letâs not forget the postal worker. Thank you.
And, of course, thank you, plow driver. Even when you plow us back in after weâve dug ourselves out, we donât take it personally. Itâs a small price to pay for you making sure our roads are driveable.