We still wake up at night when we don’t hear the train whistles; what we used to hear. A huge gap in our lives.
Why? Because of what that train whistle represented. That train was making deliveries to GM.
Thus, that train whistle, and train car rumble meant 7000 families were making a living wage, not a minimum wage. 7000 families could feed their families, buy a home, have a safe functional vehicle to drive, had medical benefits for health and dental, could have time off and afford a vacation, even if only in a tent at a camp ground, could afford a tutor if necessary to educate their children. Often times one of two parents could be home verses childcare or daycare.
That middle of the night train whistle is gone. Silence. The silence awakens us. And we feel very sad.