Thanks to all who are behind the scenes

Published 6:40pm Monday, October 21, 2013

For several different reasons, I have been reminded lately of the shifts and changes in the American workplace over my lifetime as well as in the past century.

These reminders have come through discussions with family members, discussions regarding an upcoming Chamber exhibit and by simply driving past a cotton field.

For many Americans, we have shifted from the majority of us working in industrial environments and farms to reporting to desks and computers every day.

I believe this shift has taken away our reminders that there are still those of us out there who work in industrial environments, in the fields and on the land.

Perhaps we take for granted what this work and what those workers still mean to our society today.  These workers are still important to our way of life and to the American economy.

Most of us go to work every day to provide a living for ourselves and for our families and I believe that’s the case regardless of where we report to work.

But I want to take a moment to remind you of those who still work the way our grandparents did. Also, to extend my thanks to those who continue to do the work behind the scenes which many of us unintentionally forget from time to time.

Thank you to our farming community.

Thank you to those of you who work on assembly lines and in industry.

Thank you to cashiers, butchers, nurses and fishermen.

Thank you to drivers, postal workers, firemen and policemen.

Thank you to waiters/waitresses, mechanics, cooks and teachers.

Thank you to construction workers, welders, machinists, and waste management.

Thanks to pole-climbers, meter-readers, and shopping-cart collectors.

Of course, thanks to pressmen, mailroom employees and newspaper delivery people.

This is just a sampling of the Americans who work behind the scenes every day.

I know there are a lot more that I have failed to mention here. Hopefully, you will take the time to remember these men and women who contribute so heavily to our daily lives – usually without recognition at all – and think about how our lives would change without them.


Shannon Elliott is the Elmore County general manager of Tallapoosa Publishers Inc.

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