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Thanks for Keeping the Lights On

It is amazing the amount of effort required to keep things simply running. The huge variety of jobs that need to have someone doing them at all times of the day and night, every day of the year.

Ten Years ago, I was about to spend my first Christmas away from my family. Not only was I living on my own in another part of the country, I was going to be working nightshifts on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I can't remember much about those shifts other than having problems with a couple of pumps in an outbuilding and a few jokes over the radio. But I do remember it feeling very odd in the run-up to Christmas, watching people prepare for their Christmas while not feeling part of it myself.

Since then I have had a couple of occasions when I thought that I might have to work on Christmas but things have changed and I haven't been required to. I am glad that I have worked Christmas and had that experience at least once.

This Christmas, I am watching my kids getting very excited about the event. Whether it is singing songs or opening presents, they are definitely getting the hang of this Christmas thing. I am extremely glad that I am able to take time off to watch them.

I would like to thank everyone who is keeping things running over the holidays. Your work at this time is appreciated.

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