Okay, confession time.  Who has loaded the dishwasher every single time for the last month…or longer?  Who was the only member of the family to visit grandma at that nursing home that made you want to go home to shower so you didn’t smell like it?  Who has bleacher butt and tan knees from being at every single one of your kids’ 5000 games this season (I swear they multiply like rabbits – the games, not the children)?

Yep, I knew there’d be a ton of you raising your hands.  And I bet that, just once, you’d like to get a little credit for your efforts.  Oh sure, you can look at me and say you don’t “need” to get credit for it, that you did it because it was the right thing to do and you can’t imagine doing otherwise.  That is to be commended, but at the end of the day, whether we “need” it or not, it sure is nice to get a little appreciation for it.  We may not “need” to score points or be put in the will, but we may “want” a few kudos along the way (and who doesn’t want to be in the will?????).  It’s just human nature to want some affirmation for all your hard work and effort.

I’ve realized that there’s not a lot of high-5’s, fist-bumping, and applause for adults at home, or at work.  Okay, so we have some glass clinking on some boys’ and girls’ nights out and rumor has it that some people get promotions, but for most of us that doesn’t happen on a regular basis.  I’ve seen more props given to the guy who picks the Super Bowl champions at the beginning of the season than the poor saps who work 8 to 5 every day and still put a “real meal” on the table every night for the family.

I’m guessing there’s more than one of you readers who’s done at least 95 consecutive loads of laundry without anyone else touching the machine, nor have you received one single thank you for doing those damn piles of nastiness!

Sure, at the end of the day, we only have ourselves to make us happy, but there’s a lot to be said for a few thank you’s, compliments, gifts, trophies, company cars, meals out, season tickets, big screen TVs, you know, any old piece of glory.  Sometimes, you want to hear that somebody actually noticed that your car was the only one in the parking lot at the end of the day or that you are the true friend who actually showed up to help them move for the 8th time.  Nobody wants to go unnoticed.

I’m all about promoting the fabulous people of the world instead of listening to stories about the idiots effing up our country.  I feel like we all deserve one of those Bud commercials dedicated to us.  Kristin Chapman – you’ve survived your husband’s leukemia and raised 2 children.  This Bud’s for you!  Or This Bud’s for you, Robin Greiner.  Somehow you manage to be nice to everyone every freaking day and you don’t even consume large amounts of alcohol to do so! 

So today, let’s give credit where credit is due.  We all know some sucker for a good cause who always says “yes” when asked.  Let’s give ‘em a shout-out.  Feel free to do so here or on their own Facebook page (so others can jump on the bandwagon).  Make ‘em feel the love!  Put their names up in lights!  Show ‘em the money (so to speak, unless it’s me, then feel free to be literal about that one).

And, folks, this Bud’s for you!