MIAGD: Those big outdoor jobs

MIAGD: make it a great day

Ive always been impressed with those who work outside: postal carriers, utility workers, waste management, construction workers, etc.

Today, a lengthy process of rebuilding the water infrastructure along Shroyer Road began.  It’s grueling.  

I’ve lived here for 13 years and I don’t recall passing a winter where the pipes do not burst in front of our house.  Many nights I’ve taken hot chocolate to workers at 3:00 AM as they slide on frozen water in sub-degree temperatures.  
I love those guys who work out in those hideous conditions to make my life easier.  These folks never receive enough praise for all they do to make water run, electricity flow, or roads safe or more convenient. 

This morning, they were so kind to let me know they were leaving space for me to enter my drive since I was the only home immediately affected.  They even routed the orange and white cones for my convenience. 

I was done early this evening due to a major rehearsal, and the construction workers were still outside at 6:00 PM when their quit time was 5:00 PM.  Apparently, something didn’t go as planned and they did not want to interrupt our water service. 

Now, think about this…

Maybe one of these men had a kid in a soccer game… maybe one worker had an ill family member they were hoping to visit… maybe one was up all night with a sick baby…

I went out to see if they needed anything, and got a personal tour of the worksite!  He took the time to explain what his men were doing, and why, and in laymen terms, explained how it would all piece together. 


I know there are those who pass by these workers, or bemoan their power not restored quicker, or their mail not arriving on time.  While it is their job and responsibility to complete our conveniences, and happiness, all too often these workers – out in some hideous weather conditions – may also be experiencing some inconveniences just so we can be accommodated.  

I’ve wondered how many of these dads or moms would love to be playing with their kids at home for a school cancellation, but they have to be out repairing water lines, electric lines, or removing snow for our safety, but even more so, our convenience.

While you are making it a great day, take some time to appreciate those individuals who do so many things to benefit our comfortable lives.

About Wright Flyer Guy

Darin is a single adoptive father, a teacher, playwright, and musical theatre director from Kettering, Ohio.
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