I like to watch people from a distance. Having watched this crossing guard at my children’s school for the past few years at J.D. Hogarth Public School in Fergus. I have always thought this women must really enjoy her job.
Mary-Ellen is that kind of person who always has a smile on her face. You know those kind of people who are always so cheerful no matter what the weather is doing. I see her standing in the rain or snow in the early morning hours and she is always bright and cheerful despite the weather. I have watched her and she seems to have that natural ability to chat with others and always has something kind to say when you see her.
I had more of a chance to chat with her recently while waiting in line a the local post office. While tapping my toes trying to wait patiently for the elderly women in front of me, I turned to the lady behind me who was staring patiently out the window with a smile.
The lady behind me in the line was certainly recognizable with her bright yellow jacket on and her infectious smile. Like many others to pass time we began to chat about the weather and she mentioned she “had that cold going around”. She said “she didn’t want to get out of bed that morning, but always feels better when she puts her smile on and gets going!”
When asked if she wakes up like that she chuckled and said, “she has been asked that question often before.” Mary-Ellen said, “No I have to remind myself you can go thru life either smiling or frowning. She said, “she chooses to smile!”
She said she “loves her job, and loves working outside”. I told her how much I appreciated her happy disposition and that she just puts a smile on my face every time I see her.
Well time didn’t permit me that morning to take care of my business in the post office that morning, but I was sure glad I had bumped into “My favorite crossing guard” as she just made my day, as I needed a reminder on how I could choose to smile or not thru-out my day!
I had asked her when she would be dressing up again and she said, “Oh, I am sure I will be getting the bunny ears out for Easter, the kids love them!” As you can see in the photo, today was the day she wore the bunny ears.
Thanks for always making my day brighter Mary-Ellen and keeping our kids safe!