Utility workers – they provide us with electricity, gas, clean water and sewers that work.
Transportation workers – the bus drivers, cabbies, train engineers, pilots and, yes, even the dreaded TSA folks who search us at airports.
Emergency Services – the police, fire and ambulance workers who look after us when things go wrong. [Hours after I wrote this, we had a small fire at the Press and the fire trucks turned up within 5 minutes!]
Health Professionals – not just the doctors and nurses, but their aides and receptionists and secretaries who keep the whole thing afloat.
Cleaners – where would we be without them? They sweep through our public spaces, our homes and workplaces – often anonymously – and clean up our messes.
Hospitality workers – the hotel doormen, waiters, cooks, dishwashers, bar tenders and housekeepers who keep us housed and fed when we’re away from home.
Waste Collectors – the trash truck drivers, recyclers, and dump workers who daily deal with what we no longer want around us.
Care Givers – the untold thousands among us who, underpaid or not paid, look after the sick, the suffering and the very vulnerable.
Charity & Not-for-profit staffers – those who seek to make our world a better place by trying to right wrongs and cope with disease, refugees, famine and other natural and unnatural disasters.
Religious – here’s to those nuns and monks who, from whatever religious tradition, have taken upon themselves the task of praying and interceding for the rest of us.
God bless them all.
Now, who have I forgotten?