Having been retired from the design/drafting profession for over a year now, at least with a full time position, I have been giving some thought on what our holidays mean to all of us and specifically me. Webster’s definition of holiday is “Holy Day” taken from Middle and Old English, translated from ‘halig’ for holy and ‘daeg’ for day. Additional definitions are days off from work, vacation, non-work days, commemoration days for special events, etc. What caught my attention is that I truly no longer have ‘holidays’ using the additional definitions provided by Webster. That does mean that I do not celebrate the holidays or ignore the significance each one but somehow they have become not as special as they once were except for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
My reasons for the special holiday nature of Thanksgiving and Christmas are that they are truly ‘Holy Days’ to me. Even the over commercialization of both has not changed how I look forward to and celebrate each at home and Church. I will explain as follows:
1. I am thankful that for two special days a year, my family celebrates as one, giving thanks for what we have and are. That happens even we are separated by long distances and cannot be together. How is that possible? Well thanks to cell phones, videos and texting, we still visit and share, on this day every year.
2. I am thankful that I am a citizen of the United States of America, forever thankful for the liberties provided me by the Constitution.
3. I am thankful for my wife of 41 years who is not only a life partner but the Mother of my children. In addition, she is an excellent coach as she suggests ways that I might change my hardheaded ways. Ever so gently, I mind you.
4. I am thankful for my family as it continues to grow with each new grandchild. What a blessing they are each in their own different ways.
5. I am thankful for Christmas music and displays, even if they appear around Halloween.
6. I am thankful for little children as their faces glow with expectations for the arrival of Christmas morning.
7. I am thankful for the individuals who serve in our military, many of them who will not be able to spend this time of the year with their families. Not to forget those that have been injured or made the ultimate sacrifice. True heroes.
8. I am thankful for friends and acquaintances made over the years in the drafting/design profession. I had the opportunity to work in aerospace, printing press manufacture, transportation and pipeline equipment, where I met and got to work with many talented individuals.
9. I am thankful for my and my family’s good health. This includes my successful hip replacement earlier this year. Sidebar comment: Before the surgery, I told the surgeon, jokingly, “to measure twice and only cut once”. He smiled and said “I will do my best to keep you from walking in circles”.
10. Finally, I am thankful that I am a Board member of an organization that truly supports the drafting/design professional, instructor and student. I consider all Board members and Staff, as members of my extended family. It continues to be an honor to serve as the President of this outstanding group.
In closing, on behalf of the ADDA Board of Directors and Staff, I hope that you all have special “Holy Days”, and Merry Christmas!
Speaking for the Board, I encourage you to put the dates of 8-11 April 2014 on your calendars as that is the date for the 55th Conference. Again, it will be held in Kansas City at the Country Club Plaza Holiday Inn.
I would like to remind all of you, member or non-member, that the ADDA is the only organization that totally supports the drafting/design profession with continuing education for professionals and soon to be professionals within the drafting/design profession. I would like to see all of you at the 2014 Conference.
Remember ADDA is a non-profit volunteer association. All our directors and committees donate their time and effort to improve the profession to benefit other drafters, designers and graphic professionals. If you would like to assist with any program or be involved with a committee or specific area, please contact me. Most of our volunteer opportunities can be accomplished through emails and telephone calls. Volunteering will give you exposure at the next level in your career to improve your network, job skills and personal development.
I look forward to the possibilities to make new contacts and friendships with our members and sponsors.