Thursday, November 24, 2011

The Cart Driver Works the Holiday Shift

Today's the day when nearly everyone has the day off to spend with those they care about.
There are exceptions to every rule.
And it's interesting how we tend to take for granted how certain services do continue in spite of another holiday. Take our illustration, for example. In the foreground is the mass transit conveyance of that era, most probably in New York City or someplace like it. The little girl is handing off the lunch pail her mother prepared so that her father might enjoy some Thanksgiving cheer even while he's at work.
But take a second look; for there, off to one side, and almost forgotten, a police officer is also on duty, watching over this sweet delivery.
Let's pause for a moment this afternoon, and keep a thankful thought for all those whose sense of duty keeps our world ticking along, whether or not it's holiday time.
I know they'd much rather be where we are today.
Peace & Tranquility this Thanksgiving morning to you all.
Rose & Co

The Cart Driver's Thanksgiving

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Credits: Original 1870's image (prior to our fiddling) from
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Sandi said...

Happy Thanksgiving! Lovely thoughtful post...

Plush Possum Studio said...

Sandi: Thanks for stopping over! Always nice to find your smiling avatar in our line-up!
And Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

Rhissanna said...

Thank you for posting, Miss Possum. A lovely image. There's always someone who has to work when everyone else is having fun. I suppose this presents the cheerful idea that the man is included, and thought of, even if he can't sit at the same table.

Plush Possum Studio said...

Rabbit: I couldn't agree with you more.
Think of your friendly postal worker, hurrying home to join in the family fun on Christmas Eve! My grandfather was a mail carrier who had to walk his route come rain or come shine.
What about medical teams in hospitals and ERs? Our soldiers come to mind, as do military staff who can't be home for any major holiday. The list seems endless.
Everyone likes to be thought of even if they can't be near us always.
And I guess that's the spirit of this lovely old illustration.
Hope your holiday was a great one!

Danice said...

Hi! I hope you and your family had a great Thanksgiving. We had much fun, and all enjoyed seeing my granddaughter on her first Thanksgiving. The man in the cart graphic is also awesome- thanks :)

Plush Possum Studio said...

Danice: So happy to hear your news! Thanks for dropping by and leaving us such joyful news. Lucky you to have such fine memories worth sharing!

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