Last night Erwin came home with a smile. He told me he was featured in the Philips magazine, and proudly pulled it out to show me. There he was in a full-color picture holding his prize. As I read the article, an overwhelming pride shivered through me as well. The article discussed how hard Erwin has worked, how much overtime he's put in, doing his own job, the jobs of other employees on vacation, as well as completing an audit and the audit following on his own. They gave him a "pluim" (thumbs up) for his efforts and success. He also received 2 dinner gift certificates which was just the icing on the cake.
This is the first "pluim"that Philips has given out. It's their plan to do so monthly, to an employee that goes over and beyond the call of duty. I am happy that it's my husband that set the standards for this honor. Proud that his late nights (and mine) have not gone unnoticed, and that he's been rewarded for his dedication to his job. I am proud that someone finally took notice of his time card, of his light burning in the office deep into the night, of his missing family dinners and bedtime stories...I am proud, because he deserves it. As he heads out the door every morning onto traffic jammed streets to head to the Philips parking lot, he's doing so to provide us with the pleasant life we have; a car, a home, food, clothes, travels, phone calls, internet, DVD movies, soccer and Judo, scouts and school functions. And often, it's all just taken for granted. "Papa, I want..." "Erwin, we need..." "I called my mom today..." "Papa, my uniform is too small..." "Can we go to my soccer club dinner..." and though he must find us worthy enough to accept his care and prosperity, we don't thank him enough for what he does for us. And neither does Philips. I'm glad they finally did!