Holidays

Apr 6th, 2012 | By | Category: Geri Roskopf's Blog

Did you ever look up the meaning of the word “holiday?” The dictionary says: “A day free from work that one may spend at leisure, especially a day on which custom or the law dictates a halting of general business activity to commemorate or celebrate a particular event.”

Since being in the towing business, I don’t remember a holiday that my husband and I were free from work and spent in leisure. Lots of times I would attend holiday gatherings of friends and family with just me and the kids – I often felt like a widow. Or we would be in the middle of a holiday dinner and my husband would get called out, returning to dishes washed, food wrapped up and put away – a plate made up for him to be warmed up in the microwave.

I found myself envious of others who had the 9 to 5 jobs, who were able to have the day before or after a holiday off – and get paid for it. Or able to “punch out” of work and not have to worry about anything to do with your job and work until punching in the next workday.

I always disliked the job of doing the scheduling of employees to be on call for holidays, knowing full well they would be missing quality time with their families and friends. Those times you can’t get back. Often, the “bosses” would cover on holidays, just so our employees could have that quality time.

I guess knowing that we’re helping someone in need of our services makes it a little easier to work on holidays – especially when you know they were trying to enjoy the holiday free from work and to have some leisure time only to have something unexpected happen to their vehicle. Most customers are grateful and the relief on their faces and a heartfelt “thank you” goes a long way when you’re pulled away from the dinner table.