When I was out today for my daily dog-walk and contribution toward the recommended 150 minutes per week of exercise, fully engaged in smelling the fresh air  and playing what I call my game of social Frogger, a real-life version of the ’80’s video game (moving on the sidewalk, off the sidewalk, whatever it takes to dodge others) it dawned on me that this is Good Friday.

Duh! you might say, but it has become increasingly difficult to keep track of what day or date, or sometimes even what month. And, since I retired, statutory holidays are no longer something to anticipate, not that it would probably matter now. In addition, having no personal religious affiliation.

But I would like to take this opportunity to thank those others who’ve played social Frogger to keep us all safe and reduce the work for the medical staff. And, speaking of which, I would also like to do what a great many others have done. I would like to thank those considered to be essential workers. The list is long and includes first responders (in Thorold, a especial nod to our Fire Services), medical staff of all levels, those who have to keep working to keep groceries stocked and available, and other services on the Province’s long list of essential services.

These also include many government workers. That’s right, the bureaucrats, the people that collect your taxes and such, and also the people who make sure your water flows, your roads are open, your government benefits are paid, your hospitals and such are funded, and a million other things that we rarely think about but would complain bitterly without.

I know that many, even most, of these people had little choice in the matter. In fact, one Thorold Operations worker told me the first week, “they didn’t give us a choice.” They did it although terrified of COVID-19, for good reason, because it is their calling, to pay for food and rent or mortgages, or just plain to keep their jobs.

I hate to quote American politicians, but late President Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear.”

They all have decided upon their something more important than fear. And we should all be thanking all of them.

And to everyone, whatever your beliefs, your religion, your denomination, or none of the aforementioned: stay safe, and enjoy your holiday with your family and friends virtually, and remember that social Frogger.

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