Wow only 24 days until Christmas. I hope you are well during these trying times and starting to get into the holiday spirit. Christmas decorations are going up a lot earlier this year in my neighborhood. This season will probably break records for on line sales as I know for many of us, in-person shopping has its challenges for consumers due to health concerns and social distance rules. I think we can all agree that when we complete our on-line orders, we look forward to our deliveries being on time and in one piece.
My father was a UPS man for many years and this was his most stressful time of the year. That was back in the 60s and 70s. UPS had very strict time constraints back then and I’m sure it’s even more so today with all delivery services. I have always had a special place in my heart for the UPS drivers for obvious reasons. When I’m driving, I make it a point to stop to let those brown trucks enter traffic or turn in front of me. I also do it for Fed-Ex, USPS and Amazon trucks.
I think of how many times one of those drivers has stopped in front of my home or office to unload my packages in all kinds of weather. Occasionally I get beeped at because someone behind me is impatient but the wave from the truck driver I just let into traffic makes me smile and I know my father is pleased looking down at me. Since March of this year, because of the pandemic, our delivery services can barely keep up with the workload. The drivers work ridiculous hours each day and through the weekends. Unfortunately this year, the drivers probably don’t see a light at the end of the tunnel…because normally there is a slow down after Christmas. So next time you see that delivery truck waiting to get back on their route, I hope you take a minute to let them go. Merry Christmas!