LET’S COOK: Tried and true truckers and others
Which do you consider the source of higher, deeper, truer joy: the blessing which comes from having a friend, or from being a friend? When it comes to our recent lifestyle of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, we are blessed to have a sundry of friends. As I sit and work at the computer, I realize that this and everything else in the room has come to reside in our home by one common denominator: truck drivers.
I knew that truck drivers were the lifeline to America’s logistics. Each week at my parent’s Coast to Coast Hardware store, we waited for the truck to bring merchandise. When we operated Strand Studio, all frames, matting, glass, retouching supplies and even photographs were delivered by trucks.
When was the last time that you thought about how truckers fit into the jig-saw puzzle of life? When was the last time as a nation that we reminded truckers how much we appreciate the task they do in our handling our massive freight load?
COVID-19 has brought front and center the importance of truck drivers and other blue-collar workers who are essential to our daily living. As we rush to the grocery store for rice, milk, eggs, rubber gloves, spray disinfectant, and disinfecting wipes, let us be reminded it was a truck driver who brought these goods to the store in this frustrating time.
Currently with the closure of restaurants and cafs, truck drivers are not able to stop for that hot meal, steaming cup of coffee, and perhaps a sweet treat. It would be great if we could offer them this service as they continue their daily efforts of bringing us the needed supplies. So instead, when we see them, lets wave and say thank you! Give them a thumbs up for doing a great job.
I have always felt that three sweetest words in the English language are “Let me help.”
Right now, we have countless people that are saying these words of encouragement: the clerks at grocery and other essential retail stores, workers in assisted living centers and nursing homes, nurses and doctors at hospitals and clinics, and Governor Burgum and his team with the daily updates. These day-to-day deeds are helping us to cope with the concerns of COVID-19.
Last Saturday the Dakota Cruisers Car Club revved up their classics to help lift the spirit of the Magic City. Seeing these splendid autos on the streets was like a giving a wrinkled face a shot of Botox! What a lift they gave to all of us! They too like so many others are giving generously to the worthy cause of keeping our spirits up, in this time of crisis. Each one of us felt a little richer, and perhaps recalled a happy memory, from a favorite auto as the paraded by.
What has COVID-19 taught you? Personally, it has reminded me that we as a country need each other even when we are not on the same page. COVID-19 reminds us all that our riches in this world mean very little if they are only measured by accumulated monetary wealth. There are countless people presently giving us their greatest service, and they are the brave and wise of today. When this crisis is over, we need to have a red-carpet day in Minot. You know the kind, just like a Homecoming Parade down Broadway that includes bands and floats-all in honor of those service workers. Guess who will be joining us on the sidelines to watch? Our Children-the next generation. They will remember how we cared for one another and how supportive we were of our neighbors and strangers. When they witness us serving ourselves last and others first, they will be prepared when a crisis comes their way.
Hold tight in the weeks ahead–think of others and keep your heart soft. Call your neighbor, a friend or relative. Be good to yourself and take time to enjoy a cup of coffee with a homemade cookie.
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