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Just the usual Ordinary Everyday Nothing I do Everyday---Why?

Updated on July 25, 2008

words overheard ! ! !

As my son-in-law walked through the back door holding back his tears..as he heard the last words of a discussion his wife and son were having....his son came running up to him with a giant hug and a big kiss...saying " I am so proud of you papa" "I am glad to be your son, cause you are one of those special men..that get the job done". Ran off to play...without another word.

He asked his wife what that was all about..and she told him this little story:

At school she had over heard some of the children bragging about how their dad's had such great jobs. Big executives with secretaries.. and they stopped and asked (let's say Bob) what his dad did? Bob kinda mumbles and says "oh he's just a working dad".

Well after arriving home and getting Bob a snack she talked to him about what his papa does for a job. She told him though what he said was true it was very important what he does.

Though it takes executives with their big desks and plans and memo's and secretaries to turn their dreams into reality...it takes a working man to get those big jobs done.

All the shops and stores and trucks that do their daily hauls...the industry's that make our country great...The house's you see being built...your playgrounds..and ball fields..are all done by the common working man.

If all the bosses left their desks and no plans were made...the industry wheels would still run....but without the men like your dad... nothing would get done and we would be without all these things we take for granite.... it takes the common working man to get the Big jobs done...

Then my son-in-law let the tears fall and gave my daughter a big hug....

G-Ma :o) hugs

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      desert blondie...Glad I didn't step on any toes here... and nice to hear you say " he liked me so much"...which means a lot.  Thank you for your comment...G-Ma :o) hugs

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      desert blondie 9 years ago from Palm trees, swimming pools, lots of sand, lots of sunscreen

      So nice to see this point so sweetly, warmly stated. My hubby is the management type, and my jobs (both paid outside the house and unpaid inside the house) have been the actual roll-up-your-sleeves-and-DO-the work! kinds of jobs. We've had words about it off and on! LOL. Lucky for me, he's the kind of man who's always liked me so much (often more important than loved me so much) that he's really come to understand MORE about the people that work for him by being married to me. Keep writing G-Ma Johnson, you've got a lot to say! Best!

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Thank you In the Doghouse for your comment..I appreciate that. G-Ma :o) hugs

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      In The Doghouse 9 years ago from California

      G-Ma,

      Wonderful tribute to the unsung hero. We are all just really "everyday people", some of us just don't recognize that fact! Thanks for the great Hub.

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      v ery well said..you should have written this..Thanks for your comment G-Ma :o) hugs

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      Garry Nelson 9 years ago from Hawaii

      Everyday people carry our world on their shoulders while others ride on top. Whether they ride because they are sick, because they are loved or because they are pompous and yell orders, all the while thinking they are somehow more important than those willing to do the real dirt world work.

      Everyday people still carry our world on their shoulders. In a large hospital I would trust a nurse long before I would trust a doctor. Hey, some people are simply where the rubber hits the road. Who would you believe about the realities of war the General in Washington, or the guy bleeding in the trench on the front line? What is a resort without the maids that clean the rooms? What is a restaurant without the waitress, a cable company without the guy that actually has to carry and use the tools? What is Walmart without the trucker who drove night and day to deliver the inventory of the store? What is an army without the foot soldiers, or a country without people? ………. Everyday people carry the world on their shoulders.

      Garry Nelson

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Thank You for your comment AffiiliateChad...first time from you...and it is so true..am glad to hear other's feel like me G-Ma :o) hugs

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      Affiiliate Chad 9 years ago

      Good Inspiring story. It seems like lately those jobs do go extremely unrecognized. Hard work is what founded the great institutions we have today. We take all that stuff for granted now.

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Thanks for that Marie...G-Ma :o) hugs

      Gadzooks...You are so right about that...I'm not saying that these higher up people haven't had to work hard to get there..but seem to either forget what real life is like or just don't care anymore..they get BIG heads or something....Thank you for your comment..you are new too me G-Ma :o) hugs

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Sweetipie..Thank you for that comment..I was afraid that I was doing too many of them??? G-Ma :o) hugs

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      Gadzooks 9 years ago from United Kingdom

      seems to me working people are valued less and less and are increasingly left at the bottom of the heap. A few years back, on average (in teh UK) the best paid people in an organisation earned 5 x more than the lowest paid. Now, bear in mind this is an average... a lot of SME's, we are not talking general motors...

      Today, on average, the highest paid workers earn 20 times the amount that the lowest are paid, and, a lot of them do less work for it.

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      marisuewrites 9 years ago from USA

      The light is never so bright as when it shines in the darkness....

      Just keep hangin' on....we can all hold each other UP. =) Marisue

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      SweetiePie 9 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Keep up the great inspirational hubs! :)

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Well my dear marie..you are a very special lady to me..and I  am so proud OF HOW YOU MAKE ME THINK...really am a lost soul searching and searching my dear.. but I truly know who I love who is my soul mate..and I have no control my dear..no control..I must leave it all to the almighty..but I hurt sooo much..sorry I am OK honestly..just need to get it off my heart..God Bless You Angel...G-Ma :o) shhh Hugs

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      marisuewrites 9 years ago from USA

      G-Ma - you just keep being you...there's enough of eveyone else....

      haha Marisue I like your wording better than mine...I was just bringing out the phrases you brought out in me...see? its a dominoe effect....

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      William...OMG thank you...it is so true that we can put the focus on the everyday people that keep the wheels moving...that the Holy preachers keep us in the path of the Lord..that we can reveal how we feel..this little thing that my daughter has taken on..means the world to me..I may have taught her something..?  I know I have...but it still makes me think..makes me know that each of us is important..that we all matter..there is no doubt in my mind about that..Thank you for your inspiring comment..Gma :o) hugs

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      oh dear..thanking you once again..whatever can I say..God bless You always...G-G-Ma :o) hugs Sally

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      William F Torpey 9 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

      Thank you, G-Ma, on behalf of all the little people of the world. I think it's great that you have put the focus on the everyday, average working guy and gal. In all the writings of the world, the little guy gets little attention. He's just "there." The big executives behind their Ivory Towers wouldn't last a week without their secretaries and their go-fers. Keep telling it like it is, G-Ma. Three cheers and Thumbs Up!

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      Sherri 9 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      G-Ma, you are you, and we love it. We are inspired by it. Bless you.

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Oh my sweet Sally....I wish I had the expertise you seem to think I have. You know how to make someone feel good. The hubs make me feel good..no pressure..no perfection..no bad vibs..just tell us what you feel..we will respond or not..take it or leave it..does it matter? Hell yes ! ! but you only comment if you want to..if you feel like it..if it means anything to you...feelings...feelings..we all have feelings...and in this time in my life..as death closes in..I am FEELING SO MANY THINGS...but I thank God for the opportunities He gives me..for the mom I have...and for the reason to desire Heaven..you have me in tears..revealing my thoughts like I am..God Love you Baby..G-Ma :o) hugs x a million

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      Sherri 9 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      One of the most precious jobs I ever had in my life was teaching factory workers how to use a mouse. Yes, a mouse. A computer mouse. This is the truth. These wonderful people had no idea of what a mouse is, and would put the bottom of the mouse up onto the monitor screen and expect something to happen.

      Here's the point. They worked for a pharmaceutical company who brings you your over the counter (OTC) pain killers. They'd been doing their job for years, without a mouse, and now they are told that they have to do their paperwork electronically instead of by hand, which is a task they never had to do before.

      They are the people who deliver. They are not the suits who sell you the drugs and have administrative assistants. They are just out there, working a shift, providing for their families, taking pride in a job well done.

      Those wonderful people learned how to use the mouse, and saved their bosses' butts. If they had walked out in protest, you would have a headache with no remedy on the shelf of the drugstore.

      Thanks again G-Ma for one of those insights of yours that make me think.

      So when's the syndicated column coming?

      Your fan, S.

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Charlene...yes my dear friend ...you are so right on also..but sometimes people forget just what others go through in an everyday dirty job so we can flush our toilets...throw out our garbage...drive on our safe roads...clean out the hulls of ships...the list goes on and on..especially insuring clean and safe drinking water..we can't live without water..no one can..(my ex is in this business) Not animals..not plants..not people...and it is a big important job...that we all take for granite....anyway here I am rattling on again...grandma's privileges..I guess///G-Ma :o) hugs

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      topstuff...you are exactly that..TOPSTUFF. I am glad you could see the moral I was trying to bring up. Like I said I am short on writing stories with having no schooling on this matter. I just feel something and then I write..and when it is over..it is over. Thank you for your understanding comment...G-Ma :o) hugs

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      mariesue..you are so right on...you should have written this hub..You came up with a whole lot more than me..I am short with my words when doing a hub...but sure can rattle on in my comments..ha ha hee hee :o) :o) oh well..yes I do know all that you said is more than true..I love the song by Bruce Springsteen " the American Worker" or maybe that isn't it..but I am sure everyone knows what I mean? (actually one of my best friends since 6 th grade is his 3rd cousin) I wrote about her in my hub Needing Friends..? or something like that..I am sorry I forget some of the titles...Anyway you are a dear...G-Ma :o) hugs

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Donna...Thanks for the comment..and I do hope you are doing well..It is so true and my daughter is a school teacher...and I was so proud of her..she is a dear dear lady... Not that all working men don't work hard..but I mean the hard labor, we forget what real hard working men do for us...sweat.and strain and do dirty un-thankful jobs...Have you ever seen the show "dirty Jobs"..well there you go...Thanks again...G-Ma :o) hugs

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      Charlene 9 years ago

      HI MERLE:For me ir `s not the work that you do that count as long as you like your job and be happy with it and satisfies you it s themost important than being a lawer, cook EHWT`S ThE DIFFERENCEalright the salaries as long as you like what you did there is no foolish job it takes eveything to make a world be borring if everyon e has the same job.THERE IS NO JOB BETTER THAN THE OTHER AS LONG AS YOU LOVE WHAT YOU DID AND DO IT RIGHT..its my ideaby the way I LOVE YOUR ARTICLES, Sincerely Your friend harlene

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      topstuff 9 years ago

      Each and everyone has its own importance and shouldbe given proper respect nomatter having big or small jobs or status.Its a good story carrying a moral lesson.

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      marisuewrites 9 years ago from USA

      the average everyday dad or mom holds the world in their hands, they make up the bulk of our tax payers...they are most of our classrooms, they are the puchasers and do-ers of our society.  They show up to build houses for Habitat for Humanity, they read the writers books, they coach the little leagues, they read the stories to their kids, they show up to help their neighbor, they fight in wars, they make our clothes, they make our cars, they build our roads.

      We all have a place...and I'd rather be an A/B/C student and teacher than an expert anyday.  I'll listen to the experts, but I'd rather be the average person who still has time to talk to others, and help my neighbor.  Not that rich people don't, they may.  but average people just mainly 'DO.' 

      Here's to the average...the hard working everyday person that holds up the world. Marisue  (we need the whole picture to keep us going...we all have a place...a purpose...a contribution.)

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      donnaleemason 9 years ago from North Dakota, USA

      Yep, that is the truth.

      Donna