It’s understandable that when we get prompts to thank “those on the front lines” of the current crisis, we think of nurses and doctors, first responders, and other health workers so deserving of our appreciation. However, a week ago I was reminded of another category of frontline workers that are equally worthy of kind words and behavior.
I asked the guy stocking the store bread shelves whether they had the particular kind I was looking for. They had a lot of others, but not that one. I clicked it off my list, not lacking for options. After all, I can survive on an alternative even if it’s not my first choice. Before leaving the area, I turned to the stocker and thanked him for what he was doing. After all, he and his co-workers were risking exposure to COVID-19 so all of “us” had the supplies to get through, even if they weren’t our favorites.
I shopped for another few minutes. On my way to the checkout, I heard someone calling out to me. It was the stocker, thanking me “for being human.” He went on to say, “People are animals!” I then realized that me thanking him was the exception and not the rule.
Please folks, be a little extra kind to those frontliners all over your grocery store, from stockers to checkers. Along with the traditional heroes, they are risking everything so that you have food on your table tonight.
Kim Sherwood
Pittsford