Last week, people around the world celebrated Easter Sunday, another holiday to celebrate life, and spend time with ones you hold dear. It’s times like these people should try to be thankful for what they have, for not everyone will be able to spend time with family and friends like you and I.
Throughout the community, the nation, even the world, there are families who will be missing their loved ones; those who are not able to be home for the holidays, for work reasons, for military deployments or training, and various other circumstances.
For people like Robert Hendrickson, it’s to provide for his family, though it may not make it any easier. “To put it simply, it sucks. You want to be there to enjoy that time and memories with your family, but I chose this job for its ability to provide for them the way I want them to be provided for,” he said, via text. “My wife and child want for nothing other than me, and I can live with that. I could not live with either of them wanting something and not bein able to provide it for them, even if it meant being home every night.”
Hendrickson, a Suncrest [Washington] resident and U.S. Army veteran, works within the oil fields of North Dakota, on a rotation–or hitch–of two weeks on, one week off; a schedule that can make things difficult for any family man (or woman). “And that one week I’m home is when my life really starts,” he said. “I work one hitch at a time and live life to the fullest one week at a time.”
Holidays don’t always have to follow what the calendars say, any time spent with family and friends is reason to celebrate and rejoice. For those who are gone for longer periods of time–for overseas work, training, or military deployments–getting together with family and friends can be less frequent, if at all, making them that much more precious.
As our society advances, along with the technology it uses, we find new and different ways to send our love to someone; more channels of communication have opened, such as face time or Skype. “You kind of can still be there, or show that you are,” says David Cole, an Army veteran and current reservist, who has also spent his fair share of time away from family and friends while on training missions or deployments.
Other internet sources can allow those who are not there, physically, to still send and show their love to one another, Cole describes, with tools such as Amazon and Ebay, in order to send gifts and packages back home with a single click of a mouse. For him though, there’s nothing like doing it the old-fashioned way. “There’s also a really cool thing about it…you can get a letter out, or a card, and send it through the mail; the old-fashioned mail system,” he says. “That turned out to be one of the biggest, coolest, deepest, heartfelt things you could ever do…that’s how I felt.”
Holidays are a time to rejoice and spend time with loved ones, but there are those who aren’t able to celebrate with their families, through work or other reasons. Some work to support the ones they love, others are gone serving their country, and there are those who may no longer be with us in life.
Regardless, take a moment and rejoice…
You are still here, the world is still spinning, and there is a tomorrow to look forward to. If you can’t show love to someone in person for a holiday, remember that any time spent with family and friends can be a special occasion; the calendar doesn’t have to dictate when to enjoy life. If you’re unable to show love in person, there are ways to send it, to let someone know they are in your thoughts, though they may be miles away.