My daughter was in town yesterday for an interview at the city hospital. We got up before the crack of dawn to beat the infamous Charlotte traffic, and I dropped her off at the front entrance of a large, white building across from the emergency room. The campus of the hospital was alive with personnel leaving and arriving for their shifts. Ambulance drivers were tucking stretchers into their vehicles as doctors scampered between buildings talking into their cell phones and sipping from steaming cups of coffee. An exhausted looking mother made her way out of the sliding ER doors holding onto a toddler with sleepy eyes and wild, curly, brown hair. Sitting there in my car I could almost feel the cumulative static of the life stories as they criss-crossed each other in this one hectic moment.
As my daughter disappeared into the building I couldn’t help but feel proud of her. It’s so easy to forget the folks who report to work for long hours every day in an effort to improve the lives of others. If you read, or listen to, the news it’s hard not to come away with the impression that there are no “good” people left in the world. Here are just a few of the past week’s depressing headlines:
A Naval officer who came to the US from Taiwan as a teen is accused of espionage against the very country that offered him sanctuary, ISIS kidnaps and then kills almost 200 innocent factory workers, Hillary Clinton and Bill DeBlasio crack an inexplicable joke about African Americans at a NYC dinner, Trump accuses Cruz of cheating, an NFL player is shot dead, the former speaker of the house admits to molesting boys, the Navy Seal hero who killed Bin Laden gets a DUI…
Who’s not in the news? The teacher buying extra books for her class, the orthopedic surgeon called in the middle of the night to save the leg of a car accident victim, the volunteer at the YMCA, a soldier on his 4th unaccompanied tour of duty, the mom or dad helping their child excel in school, utility guys who tend to power outages, the fire men riding in the truck that sped past our home at 4am…
So here’s to the millions of unsung heroes working hard to improve the lives of others.