I decided to treat myself to breakfast recently, and I went to the Eat’n Park in Bridgeville. My server was a woman by the name of Mary Jo. What was so remarkable about Mary Jo that would prompt me to write this letter? For starters, she greeted me with much enthusiasm, was very efficient and friendly, was in constant motion with her server responsibility and knew many of her customers by name. I kidded her when I told her she exhausted me by watching her do her job. So why was she so remarkable? She said that on April 16 she would be working at the same job at the same location for 32 years. What a powerful example of a work ethic!
Here’s the sad part of all of this. The Mary Jo’s of this country are becoming extinct. She is not a hedge fund manager, chairman of the board of a major manufacturer or the CEO of a giant health care provider making millions of dollars with perks that she couldn’t even imagine. No, she’s just a loyal, faithful, hard-working stiff like many other workers in our country whose jobs and health care opportunities and a decent standard of living are being threatened and eroded by elected ideologues at the state and federal levels who consider themselves privileged and who basically represent the privileged class. These are the same elected officials who don’t even “work” a full-time job throughout the year.
Me? I felt “privileged” to be served by Mary Jo. Thank you so much.