Friday, August 19, 2011

Night Shift?

The time, approximately 1:22 a.m.

As I sat at Tim Horton's waiting to pick Mikayla up after the Taylor Swift concert, I notice a vehicle pull up, whip a u-turn and park along the side street. As I'd had the privilege of a random check stop with the RCMP earlier in the evening, my first thought was that this vehicle was possibly a RCMP member wondering what I was doing in an empty parking lot at this hour.

Out of the car exits a dude who quickly pulls a hood over his head and strikes out across the parking lot carrying a . . . What is that?? Ah, a plastic bag. I thought; oh maybe night shift?? Night shift it was. He opens the door to the garbage disposal and pulls out the insert containing the recyclables. First bin number one, then bin number two. He dumps the contents of the bins into his bag as Santa would fill his sack with toys. This dude appears to have experience and has apparently been here before. Around the back of the building he goes to retrieve the contents of bin number three.

“Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.”  -Seneca


Stage left . . . in drives Mikayla. She hops in the vehicle with me and has just awoke from a lengthy ride. Tired, yet brimming with excitement over having seen her favorite music artist in the whole wide world.  I did my best to tune in to Mik's world however, I was distracted by the events going on beyond my immediate surroundings. Mikayla got herself buckled in and we head for home. Leaving Tim's I drive along the side street and past the other vehicle. I notice the trunk jimmied shut with a bungee cord. Apparently this wasn't the first stop. There were many bags loaded in the trunk.

My heart sank! Seriously, SANK!

My thoughts raced as I tried to understand this persons world . . .

Here I am picking my daughter up from a 'magical' event and a day which she has dubbed 'the best day of her life' . . . while someone else . . . . is working the night shift.

WOW!! Talk about a reality check!! Although I am usually snuggled in bed sleeping at home at this hour, I am very thankful for this experience as it served as a reminder to . . . COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS, I mean truly count your blessings!!!

Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.
— Mother Teresa

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