Of all the holidays we have -- secular and/or religious -- Thanksgiving has long been my favorite. I've never had to work on Thanksgiving. I've worked New Year's, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day and Christmas, but I've never had to work Thanksgiving.
But some people do. Someone has to run the power plants, the steel mills and the coke ovens. Someone has to take the tolls on the bridge. Someone has to patrol the highways. And someone has to drive the ambulance. One passed by my house tonight, red lights flashing.
So here's to the people out on the river, beside the river and along the river who are giving up their holiday so the rest of us can enjoy ours.
(Photo The M/V Charleston prepares to pass the Kyger Creek Power Plant, foreground, and the Gen. James Gavin Power Plant, background, at Cheshire, Ohio, along the Ohio River on Thanksgiving night 2009).