Muzak Lessons: Fathers Day Edition
I was at work yesterday, and since I was working a 10 p.m. to 6 a.m shift at my local supermarket, yesterday became today rather quickly. While I was restocking the grocery shelves, a couple of songs played on the sound system that reminded me that the today that yesterday had just become was Father's Day.
Neither song was being played in particular because it was Father's Day. Each of the songs is played at least twice a week as I go from aisle to aisle stocking groceries and straightening them so the customers can easily get what they need. I don't believe I had ever heard either song until 3 months ago when both my previous jobs were put in a holding pattern because of a certain pandemic playing through on the golf course of life.
The first, Something to be Proud Of by Montgomery Gentry makes me cry every time I hear it. I think part of that is context because most of the times I hear it when the lyric "When you're doing what you're able and putting food upon the table." I am standing on a milk crate literally and figuratively in the process of putting food upon the table.
I may have never made a living using the degree I obtained from university. However my Dad raised me with a work ethic that I still have to this day and even though I've had my share of "nothing" jobs, they have always meant something to me and the people I work for.
The second song was Busy Man by Billy Ray Cyrus which warns about the other side of providing for your family and that is losing focus of why you're working in the first place. I'm more of a Cat's in the Cradle kind of guy, but this has a happier outcome.
Well I'm off to work. Happy Father's Day.