How do you who must work on this special holiday in the service industries such as hotels, restaurants and of course our industry (airlines) cope with being away from our loved ones. And before I forget, a deep heartfelt shout out to all our servicemen and servicewomen stuck overseas doing our dirty work while we are relatively safe and sound in the US!
I'm not looking for nor want any pity! And, if I must be working and denied the opportunity to celebrate with my family, at least I'm in the heart of the airport. But!
- How do you deal with folks who ask you how is your Thanksgiving? I'd like to say duhh, do you see my family, do you see the turkey? But, in the long run, I know they are trying to be nice or at least appear to be caring.
- On the other hand, have you dealt with passengers/customers who are flying not by choice on this holiday; due to family illness or death or for their jobs?
- What do you do to keep composed without feeling blue or envious?
- How many of you will also be sharing my situation? Working at a busy restaurant serving turkey to happy patrons? Working like I am on the front lines getting passengers in and out of the big birds quickly and safley? And, how about those who work in retail where they just stay open?
Normally, I would not care but, my parents are getting up there in age. And one always wonders if there will be a next year. Just writing this last sentance gives me the willies. And to those well meaning who ask how about Christmas and New Years? I don't celebrate Christmas and New Years is more a pain in the ass than anything else and I stay put for economical, safety and sanity issues.
If we get the chance on the actual holiday, lets tell our stories, the ridiculous, the awful and yes any good things to share.