Merry Christmas from the Parker Family (for real this time)

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Merry Christmas from the Parker family.Merry Christmas from the Parker family.

I waited as long as I could to write my Christmas piece – it’s actually only Wednesday as I write this — for once I’m trying to be nice to Todd and get my work in ahead of time for the holidays. I generally turn my posts in the day they’re due to run, and I’m sure that’s maddening for an editor who has to schedule space. So I’ll begin our Christmas greeting with a huge thanks to TD and all the other editors at OD, who make me look good on the regular by strangling out the dangling participles and most of the bad words. I appreciate you. [Thanks! –ed.]

I was waiting around for a Christmasey story, an event or meeting that triggered me to be nostalgic, but it hasn’t happened yet, and I’ll have to admit, I was getting a little panicky about what I was going to write for the post. I sat down at the desk this morning, cracked my knuckles and looked out at the tiny piece of the I-70 corridor I can see from my office window. As I watched the trucks roll by, I realized how many of those trucks have people in them with families they won’t see on Christmas Day. And the nostalgia flowed freely.

We, as a trucking family, are deeply grateful to the men and women who deliver the freight our country depends upon to maintain the lifestyle we’re accustomed to. We are humbled and proud to be a part of it. Truckers are the silent Santa every day of the year, and the general public may not realize it, but we do, and we thank you.

We appreciate those who have followed along, and look forward to 2016 with a sincere hope of being able to affect positive change within the industry. I searched for an inspirational quote to support this statement with, and the best one I’ve come up with was George’s answer to my question of what we should plan to accomplish in the new year. He said, “We’re going to do what we do, baby, and we’re going to do it the best we can.”

Can’t argue with that.

Do what you do, and do it the best you can. Merry Christmas, and best wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year.

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