Thursday, December 3, 2009

The Underappreciated

We can all argue that some time in our life we have been underappreciated. As we enter the season of giving, I want to point out some of the people who are almost always underappreciated and even forgotten. These are the people who are usually not on anyone's list:

Busdrivers - They spend about 1-2 hours a day with Ben. They make sure his chair is secured to the bus and always tell me how he gets so excited when the bus is 3 blocks from our house. I know Ben is safe and with good caring individuals when he leaves our home.

Custodial Staff - These are the people who open the school early and close them late. They make sure the classes, hallways and bathrooms are clean. You may never even see them, but they are behind the scenes making sure everything is kept safe and clean for our children.

Cafeteria Staff - I recently had lunch at my four year old son's school. Each child has a 4 digit code to punch in to get access to their lunch money. When it was our turn, she looked at Logan, said his name and  punched in his 4 digit code. She did it without looking at a list or cheat sheet. This was a woman who takes care of her students! I saw a caring person with an amazing memory making it easy for my Pre-K student to pay for his lunch without getting too stressed about it.

Therapists at school - I always seem to remember Ben's private therapists because I see them all the time. But he has another set at school who work with him on a regular basis. This year, they are on my list.

Front desk staff at school - My frantic phone calls and mundane questions are answered by the friendly office staff. They greet Ben each day - knowing him by name.

Spouse - Last but not least, when was the last time you thanked your wife or husband for the support and love they give you everyday? If not for Ryan, I would not have had the courage to start writing. He is supportive of the time it takes me to do this and is a good editor when needed. If I can get a laugh from him, I know I've hit the mark.

In these days of unemployment and tight purse strings, buying gifts for the "regulars" seems difficult. For the group above, a simple card saying, "Thank you for all that you do" will be appreciated and unexpected. With the card, we send homemade fudge and a photo of our three boys. I think all anyone ever wants is to be recognized and thanked for what they do.


  1. What an excellent post! Such a good reminder for me.

    Tammy and Parker
    @ParkerMama on Twitter

  2. Yep - and many of those folks benefit from the grace and thanks more than our normal cast of give receiving characters during the holidays!

  3. Great post! What wonderful people you've highlighted too!


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