ERIKA SANZI – A word of thanks

ERIKA SANZI – A word of thanks

Some writers at The New York Times just can’t seem to stop themselves from exposing how totally disconnected they are from regular working people. They continue to write articles and send out tweets about how hard the transition back to normal life after COVID is going to be, wondering how they will “learn to talk to people again” and not “skitter away from strangers.”

It’s as if they fail to realize that many millions of Americans have kept getting up every morning and going to work, making it possible for these writers to get all their goods and services delivered to their doorstep with the quick press of a button on their phone.

I have worked from home for five years, so I know that while it can be isolating at times, it also comes with many perks. I am keenly aware of how good I have it.

So, thank you ...

To the truck drivers who have continued to crisscross the country so that our store shelves could remain stocked with the food, medicine and supplies we need.

To the grocery store (and other retail) employees who literally stock those shelves, sometimes during the night, so that early-morning shoppers can find what they need.

To all the people working at the checkouts who greet us, ask about our day, laugh at our corny jokes, and go out of their way to double bag our heaviest items.

To all the doctors, nurses and hospital staff who have shown up every day to take care of people they don’t know. It’s been an especially stressful year for my family on the medical front (unrelated to COVID) and we wouldn’t have made it to the other side without the steadfast commitment of the health care professionals who were there around the clock.

To the teachers and school administrators who have adapted to school during a pandemic and continued to teach our children and keep schools running while also directing drop-off and pickup traffic every morning and afternoon, rain or shine.

To the first responders who continue to come racing in our direction when we call for help, whether to fight a fire, deliver a baby, or help save someone’s life.

To the guys who pick up our trash and recycling every week. We would be drowning in pizza boxes, coffee cups and granola bar wrappers if it weren’t for you.

To the people running and maintaining food pantries for the increasing number of families who have needed food assistance during the past year.

To the school bus drivers who have continued to get our children to and from school safely.

To the youth sports coaches who have jumped through many hoops to keep kids playing.

To the folks in hard hats up in cherry pickers to fix the power lines and get our WiFi back on every time the power goes out.

To the people making food at restaurants and our local pizza shops (and delivering it to our homes!).

To the people working at all the drive-thrus (I wouldn’t survive without you!).

I suspect it may seem like your contributions are invisible or unappreciated, but please know that a great many of us have seen you getting up and going to work the whole time.

Thank you for that.

Sanzi is the director of outreach at Parents Defending Education and a former educator and school committee member. She writes at


Congratulations on a job well done regarding the well-deserving “thank you's” which you've listed to all the various occupational groups. They have kept our society moving in the right direction during these critical times! Also, thanks to you for your “positive” attitude! AMEN!