The coronavirus pandemic has been affecting our lives in ways that we couldn’t imagine a few months ago.
The fact that we would watch people rushing to the supermarkets and grocery stores, stocking up on food supplies, cleaning stuff and- more often than not- toilet paper is something that had never crossed our minds. Especially the younger generations thought this was a thing of the past or something you would only see in movies.
But, unfortunately, here we are making as few trips to the supermarket as possible fearing we may get infected, while hoarding up on as many supplies as we can.
Stocking up goods could mean two things: either in a few days the shelves would be completely empty or some people would have to work extra hours in order to bring in more supplies for everyone. As you have probably guessed it is the latter that has been going on lately.
Truck drivers have always done a challenging and demanding job, but these days their schedules are super tight and stressful.
They have to drive long hours to supply local grocery stores and supermarkets so that they don’t run out of anything. And we should be thankful to them for that.
Greg Adaline, a news anchor from South Carolina, recently had the chance to personally thank one of those people at his local store.
As Adaline shared on a Facebook post, he was in Walmart buying a few things and actually just trying to get in and out as quickly as possible, when he saw a man just standing there looking at people clearing up the shelves. This made him curious and decided to get closer- as much as he could that is- and have a chat with the guy.
He could see he was wearing a uniform but, given the safe distance he had to keep, he couldn’t read the patch on it. So, he asked the man what he did for a living. And the man replied he was a Walmart truck driver. This had such an impact on Adaline that he was at a loss for words for a moment.
“For some reason I can’t explain- I started to choke up,” wrote Adaline in his post. “‘You’re a hero…’ I said.”
The man explained that there was no need for praise, he was just doing his job, but Adaline knew that it was thanks to this man and others like him people all over the country still have fresh food and necessities.
For this reason, he asked if he could pray for the man, and when he replied that he could, Adaline went on to say a short prayer for the driver and his family.
After he had finished, the man asked if he could pray for him too, so in a way, they exchanged prayers before going their separate ways. Sure, it was just a random encounter, but it definitely impacted both parties and the two men parted feeling lighter and more optimistic.
See, it doesn’t cost anything to show appreciation to someone especially during this hard time and rest assured that a few words of respect go a long way.
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