Tuesday, March 18, 2008

All We Need Is LUV

Some of you may have heard of the flap going on with Southwest Airlines lately. I’m not going to address it here –I’ll just remind everyone that SWA has one of the cleanest safety records in the business, and our reputation will totally be resucitated when the media starts being as critical of grandstanding senators as they are of Gary Kelly’s truncated comments.

OK, OK, I’m a little biased. I love working at SWA. Working in Maintenance (on computers, not planes – don’t worry!) has been a trip – a trip to, say, some air base in deep West Texas. Everyone gets up early, works really hard. They love God, America, and deep-fried turkey, and everybody here is family . . . Loud, politically incorrect family who hate hippies but love me anyway. . . you know, Family. :)

They’ve treated Thomas and Scott and me like one of their own, even though I’m still just a contractor. Working here has brought me into the black on my regular monthly bills, but my coworkers have been conspiring lately to make sure that when I have to take time off, I can take it without worrying.

I had been trying to keep Thomas's story quiet here – I was grateful enough to have a great place to work. But my manager and her partner in crime sat me down a couple months ago and bought me coffee.

“So, we know you’re going to need to be home with Thomas sometimes,” said one.

“And we don’t want you to have to worry,” said the other.

“And everybody wants to help. I mean, everybody. They keep coming up and asking what they can do.”

“So,” and they looked at each other, as if to say, here we go: “We’re going to do some fundraising. And we’re not going to try to embarrass you, but you don’t get to say no. It’s just going to happen,”

“But,” said the one with people skills, “we did want to let you know ahead of time.”

And so…that’s what they'll be doing Thursday - raising money for my little family with a silent auction. Even though they’re in the center of a ton of Real Business. I keep trying to thank everybody (for this and many other kindnesses), but then there is crying, and that makes me look red all day . . . and that makes them make fun at me . . .it’s a vicious cycle.

So, thanks, guys– especially the awesome people in my group (ugh. Am weepy), but really everyone who’s donated or helped out or hugged or just been fun to talk to and work with and learn from at SWA.

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At 8:59 AM, Blogger Christ the King Baptist Church said...

You are SO BLESSED!!! I totally LOVE and trust SWA!!! Thanks for sharing!!

At 11:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We all luv working with you too!!!

At 7:32 AM, Blogger FunkyMonkeyJunk said...

Isn't it nice to have people that care and say all the right things at the right time even before we realize we need it?

At 9:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aunt Tonjia here.
Just wanted to say thank you so much for all the time I was able to spend with your family! You all are so wonderful and I love you so much! Even though I moved back away my heart is still with you every day and filled with prayers for you all.
And thanks to all the SWA family for taking care of my sweet neice! Hugs to everyone!


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