Bob Layton: Thanksgiving is a time to thank unseen heroes

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We’re knocking on the door to Thanksgiving Day — what are you thankful for?

I’m thankful for unseen heroes.

You touch a wall switch and the lights come on.

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You turn on the tap and there is fresh water.

We never seem to see the people who actually make that happen.

I make it a point of thanking those who give me good service, but sometimes, it can cause unexpected concern.

When my children were small, I had new brakes put in my van before a vacation.

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When I went to the service station to pick up my vehicle, I drove it around the block once to see how the brakes felt.

I then asked if I could speak with the mechanic who did the work.

“Is anything wrong?” they asked.

“No, it feels fine,” I replied. “Could I just speak to the mechanic, please?”

They looked very doubtful. “If everything is OK, why do you want to speak with him?”

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There were other customers there, watching and listening and very curious.

Finally, they reluctantly brought the mechanic out.

He was wiping his hands with a greasy looking cloth and appeared like he was expecting to be chastised, when I said, quietly, “Thank you, for your good work in keeping my family safe.”

Turned out, no one had ever said that to him before.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Bob Layton is the news manager of the Corus Edmonton group of radio stations.

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