This is the first Thanksgiving that my teenage niece is away from family. She recently joined the Marines and is off at some remote training site. Friends and colleagues I know will be rounding on patients in the hospital, delivering babies, and no doubt helping out those who had a bit too much holiday cheer. Many residents, interns and nurses will be pulling their shifts and eating Thanksgiving dinner on a cafeteria tray or out of a styrofoam container.
There will be some of you whose turkey dinner will be interrupted by a page, some who will be spending the night doing emergent surgery, and others who won’t be able to fully relax, knowing the phone could ring anytime.
With this holiday season upon us, I can’t help but think of the many individuals who give of their time and make personal sacrifices to keep our world spinning around. In addition to those caring for the sick, there are the police, firemen, and EMS, all the men and women in active military duty, many in the retail sector, airline employees, news reporters, those in sports and entertainment, grocers and restaurant owners, and so many others. Oh yes, and all those supporting our vast telecommunications web.