Submitted by Kelly Irwin
Editor's Note: Lots of working parents make sacrifices so that the rest of us can enjoy the holidays. Here's a story from one of them. Thank you, Kelly!
On Christmas day I can't help but remember back to so many previous years when I slept most of the day. I worked for a grocery store chain in the deli department. We'd work all night making party trays that were ready for pick-up on Christmas Eve. I'd finish an 18-hour shift on Christmas Eve day.
One year was extra special. After working all night, I arrived at my friend George's house, and he asked me to be his wife. (I said yes :)
We worked so hard so that people could have great holiday gatherings. I always fell asleep right after dinner on Christmas Eve and then slept well into Christmas day, almost missing the day completely.
My son recently commented, "You worked hard and dedicated your skills to make other people's holidays, Mom. You should feel proud knowing that you made great party trays for people. And from what I remember as a kid, you enjoyed it. Kudos to you."
He was right. I did love it. I'm very proud and blessed to have been able to do that kind of work. For the most part every job I've ever had has given me joy in one way or other.