DEAR ABBY: I'd like to thank all those generous people who work nights, weekends and holidays.
Without the help of the auto club operator who answered my call one Christmas morning (and the mechanic who showed up), I would have missed the joy of seeing my grandchild opening gifts.
We no longer argue about what everyone wants for Christmas breakfast because of the servers, chefs and busboys who give me the best present of all -– more relaxed time with my family because everyone can eat what they want.
And let's not forget the emergency medical workers who are always there for childhood emergencies, all too often in the middle of the night or on holidays. Thanks, too, to the pharmacists who fill prescriptions when the establishments around them are closed.
I am grateful to everyone who gives up precious time with their own families and friends in order to make life easier for the rest of us.
Abby, thanks for printing this. I want all these generous people to know how appreciated they are, especially at holiday time. Bless you one and all. -- GRATEFUL
DEAR GRATEFUL: Thank you for an uplifting letter. Counting our blessings is a wonderful way to start a new year, and you have mentioned only a few of our unsung heroes. Add to that our police, our firefighters, our brave young men and women in the military, and caregivers everywhere. They, too, are unsung heroes.