I don't know how you do it.
Every morning you wake up while the rest of our house is still fast asleep. You feed the dog and pour yourself a cup of coffee.
Lord knows you're gonna need it as you prepare for a day that rarely stays on schedule.
Day in and day out, you kiss our daughters goodbye.
They wave at you through the window as you drive away, not knowing whether you'll be home in time for dinner or baths or nighttime books and bedtime prayers... but knowing full well you'll at least try.
After you're gone while I scrape out leftover oatmeal from our breakfast dishes still sitting on the table, I know you're clocking into work and heading to your desk piled high with court cases and files and important documents to sift through about children stuck in hard places and foster homes and group homes and treatment facilities.
We miss you, too.
We know your staff of social workers may call during dinner or our nightly game of "hide-and-seek."
We know you see people at their worst. You encourage them to change. You testify in emotional court hearings.
We know you rarely have time to scarf down a cold sandwich unless you somehow find a 10-minute break in a day spent reminding kids and fellow social workers they're not forgotten in a system they can sometimes feel lost and overwhelmed in.
We know you're personally invested in the relationships you build with families and that you genuinely care about the people you help.
That's what makes you such a great social worker.
This month -- Social Work Month -- we're recognizing the work you do,
and the work all social workers do.
In a vocation that's often times thankless, we applaud you for the sacrifices you make each and everyday, and we recognize the difference you make in the lives of those around you.
Thanks for making us so proud.
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Note: A version of this post was originally published on 3/23/2016.