Public Service Recognition Week is upon us again. The time of year to reflect on all the big (and little) ways government employees have supported our community. There are so many people out there trying to make a difference. Every meaningful act impacts our daily lives sometimes without even realizing it. I am fortunate to live in a great community. Just 40 minutes northwest of Boston.
On a typical day in my neighborhood I might see the van to pick up my elderly neighbor and bring him to the Senior Center. Without that service he’d be stuck in the house with little interaction to the outside world. As I drive by the park, I might see the Dept of Public Works out maintaining the soccer fields or assessing land for a new sidewalk. Without this service, the safety of our children are at stake. Speaking of children, I have two in the public school system. They care for my children’s individual needs and challenge them in a way I could never do by myself. Without them, our future wouldn’t look as bright.
This weekend our town will have it’s annual Apple Blossom Parade. I feel a sense of pride when I attend this every year. It brings the whole community together and, honestly, without the assistance of our town’s great employees I can’t imagine it being a success. The children’s faces light up when the police cars and fire trucks roll down the street blaring their sirens. They crack up when they see what silly theme the library staff will dress up as this year (last year it was Minions). They chase after candy thrown into the crowd by town officials. And they dance to the sounds of the high school marching band.
Take a moment to reflect on the endless ways those who serve the public make our lives a little better. It starts as soon as you walk out the door.