How are you these days? I'm sorry I haven't written regularly. I wake up at 6 and spend 40 hours a week at work, which may not seem like a big deal, but after a decade of part-time, it is a 180 degree flip.
On my commute, there's a hidden sign that says "ordinary is special". It's a rather un-American idea that intrigued me, so much so I knew I wanted to share it with you.
At the same time, we're told how unique we are, I do remember being taught at school how important everyone's job is, and that stuck with me. Since I was raised by folks who do society's "under-educated dirty work", I suppose that influenced me, too.
Strangely, I was never ashamed that Tim did construction or that Mom cleaned hotel rooms. She taught me to be kind to workers who came to the house to fix this or that by offering them something to drink. And Tim taught me how to drive a forklift, change a tire, and cut metal pipes (pain in the ass).
Of course, they taught me so much more, but I can't help but wonder if I've been living "ordinary is special" all my life?
Things Worth Sharing
🚑 Did you know that by law hospitals have to make public what their costs are, but 95% of them don't? Power to the Patients is an organization where you can learn how to help.
🖥️ Up To Us has created a map that shows which Americans have or haven't been vaccinated by state, age, gender and race.
🎶 ABBA has a new song, and you know what? It's lovely. [The video is nice to watch, too.]
👋 For my teaching position, I had to introduce myself to the parents via video. You can watch the silliness here. A YouTuber I am not.