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My First-Ever "Behind The Scenes Worker Appreciation Awards"

Updated on April 12, 2013

The Policewoman Deserves An Award For Her Sacrifice And Integrity



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They're there. Every day of our lives. Most everywhere we look. There they are. Always doing something. Doing something for others. Strangers, visitors to town, the endangered, sick and even ignorant people such as I.

They are such as part of our surroundings, we never really see them for who they are. We just stroll by as if we are in the Garden of Eden. Ahhh, yes. Life is good. Breathe in that sweet air.

Until . . .

Dark and mysterious tragedy with many faces and forms sticks its face up and glares into the eyes of our families and friends.

Suddenly . . .

We need "them." The very ones whom we almost-trampled yesterday. The very ones whom we cursed underneath our breath for causing a traffic jam to use something called "The Jaws of Life," to rescue a stranger who was at "death's door." Of all the nerve. Tying up traffic at rush hour. Who gave them this authority to do such an uncalled for act?

We did.

And when "they" do their jobs, act on the callings that have been placed on their lives--sacrificing their own time, life, limb and health, oh boy do we get our ire up. We glare at them as we finally get to drive by to attend our dinner date with an important person from our company.

"Someone needs to do something about that irritation . . ."


Have you ever, and I do mean with all sincerity, ever, sat down and honestly looked at your life, your neighborhood, your town and even your nation and what it would be like without "them," the very ones in their colorful uniforms mostly soiled by someone else's blood, dirt and sweat that came from losing a life?

I mean, have "we" ever in our time of being an adult so-called, ever just took out some time from our valuable, priceless schedules, to show, at most, a little, appreciation to these men and women who rise before we wake, work while we nod, and never punch a clock, and yet, always answer "that" call when tragedy or trouble invades our homes, takes lives and leaves permanent scars from accidents, sicknesses and those hidden problems that we dare not mention in polite company.

I confess.

I am the one whom is guilty of such a neglect of "these" much-needed professionals that help keep our society glued-together.

Hey, guys and gals, who don the stained uniform and carry the heavy gear . . ."I apologize to you for taking you for granted."

I am totally serious.

I wish I had the funds and means to give all of you and your comrades a very-needed raise in pay for all that you have done and are doing for people like me who live their lives as if no rain will ever fall on my head.

I admit. I have been very stupid in not showing you my sincere appreciation for the lives you have saved, cuts you have mended and lives you have given another day.

Thank you.

And even now I feel such a load of guilt because that "thank you" from my keyboard is sadly not enough. I wish it was.

So to all of the

  • Police men and women
  • Firemen and women
  • Cooks and chefs
  • Teachers
  • Pilots
  • Housewives
  • Assistant coaches
  • Ministers, assistant ministers
  • Nurses aides
  • State troopers
  • Dispatchers
  • EMT's
  • Emergency Room professionals
  • Military personnel
  • Doctors of the body and mind
  • Daycare workers
  • Ambulance, Fire truck and other emergency vehicle drivers

and many, many more who have willfully taken on the roles and vocations that they play every day right in front of our eyes . . .

Again, "thank you," from the very regions of my heart where only God looks.

"Thank you."

And with much appreciation, I gladly present to each of you, and even those that I have accidentally overlooked, my "Behind The Scenes Worker Appreciation Awards" for you just being the best at what you do. And when you are not, and still carry on.

We appreciate you so much.

And if you, the reader of this piece, has someone in your family, or knows someone in these categories, I urge you to please take the time, maybe five minutes, call them, visit them, but by all means tell them . . .

How much they mean to our world.

Thank you.

I Appreciate Our Fireman (and women) For Their Work



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    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dearest lupine,

      I am so grateful to have you for my special ally. That, well, you, are priceless.

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      Kenneth Avery 

      5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, skye2day,

      You are so kind that I am without words. Thank you so very much for your prayer, comment, and heart felt sentiments.

      I'll never forget you.

      God bless you.

    • lupine profile image


      5 years ago from Southern California (USA)

      Kenneth, Thank you so much for all your kind words and friendship. Your funny hubs have certainly been therapeutic in creating laughter for me any many others. Kenneth, my friend, I believe you have found a way to reverse the aging process!

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      5 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Kenneth Precious brother absolutely a beautiful, humble and heartfelt read. Amen and Amen. We have so much to be grateful for. God supplies our needs and His mercy and grace are not in short supply. Thank You Lord for all of our service people.

      May Gods favor shine on you today and always bro. You are a sweet and precious heart.

      Love In Christ your sista Skye

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      Kenneth Avery 

      5 years ago


      I love your comment and more importantly, your friendship. Please keep in touch with me.

      God bless you.

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      Kenneth Avery 

      5 years ago

      Dear lupine,

      You are right. If I cannot give a dear friend such as yourself a sincere thank you or a word of encouragement, then I'm only taking up space in life.

      And lupine, YOUR TALENT is terrific, and YOU are loved as well. By me and all of Hubpages.

    • YogaKat profile image


      5 years ago from Oahu Hawaii

      Love this hub . . . too often I run/drive around with tunnel vision under appreciating those around me. This is a great reminder to pay attention.

    • lupine profile image


      5 years ago from Southern California (USA)

      Kenneth, your "thank you" is very sincere and greatfully accepted. I appreciate knowing you and your talented writing skills. All I ask is that you take care of your health and be happy with who you are... you are loved by many, don't ever forget that!

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, again, MsDora,

      Thank you for your wonderful words. I thought that I might as well write this while I felt like it and in case I forgot, the people on this list would know that they are appreciated.

      And YOU and MY FOLLOWERS LIST Is Very Much Loved and Appreciated by ME!


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      Kenneth Avery 

      5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Greetings, MinnetonkaTwin,

      How are YOU? And where have you been? I have missed you a lot.

      Thanks for your nice comment. It, like you and my followers, is not taken for granted.

      God bless and have a happy Spring.

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      Kenneth Avery 

      5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hello, lupine,

      And a big round of "Appreciation," applause to you, for your kind words. You all mean so much to me that I cannot express it in words.

      "Thanks," seems so weak, but it's all that I have. Now. When I get wealthy, look out! I am going to spend a million bucks on you all and then you will know you are appreciated.

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      Kenneth Avery 

      5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear DDE,

      Thanks to you too for your supportive comment. Many times, I am so guilty of just rushing by people like on this list--never giving them the time of day, but when I got bothered by my own actions, or inactions rather, I wanted to right a wrong.

      I hope it fixed a fence.

      Write me anytime, DDE.

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      Kenneth Avery 

      5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dearest Catgypsy,

      Thank you, dear friend, for your kind words. I appreciate you so much for helping me with this hub journey.

      I shudder to think what I would do without you and those of my followers list.

      Like I've said. I wish I could give you all a three-week cruise to anywhere on earth you wanted.


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      Kenneth Avery 

      5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Bobbi,

      Hey, where have you been? I got worried about you--thinking something awful had happened. NOTE: Why is it that we as humans never worry that something GOOD has happened to those we love? Hmmm. Thanks for your sweet comments. It made my day.

      My health is not any better. I had a rough time with the fibro and neurothopy this past winter, but thank God, I am still around.

      And thank God you are too.

      Thanks, Bobbi for your friendship and following.

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      So thoughtful! They all deserve our appreciation. Glad you brought this to the forefront.

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      Linda Rogers 

      5 years ago from Minnesota

      Bravo Kenneth~they are all indeed so worthy of our thanks and we don't do it enough. I loved your first installment of the 'worker appreciation awards.' Thanks for reminding us how lucky we are to have these people in our world.

    • lupine profile image


      5 years ago from Southern California (USA)

      Hello Kenneth, yes, these people in these occupations you mentioned should be rcognized since their job is to help others. Good subject.

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Superb work here and to the point. Showing appreciation to to others is very important

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      5 years ago from the South

      What a great list of the people we should appreciate more! Thanks for reminding all of us to show these people how grateful we are to them. We need to stop and say thank you more! Great hub Kenneth.

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      5 years ago from Florida


      I hope all is well with you and yours. This hub needed to be written and no one can do it like you. Great job.

      Have a great weekend.

      Bobbi Purvis


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