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Half Century of Crossing Generations

How many people have the same job for 50 years, serve generations of the same "clients" and still love their jobs? Not many, we suspect.

But it is true for 83-year-old Julia Morrison who has been employed by the police department as a crossing guard in Arlington, Massachusets since 1957.

“[Officer David McKenna] said he first met Morrison when he was 12 years old at a house party his parents were throwing. While he was downstairs listening to records with a group of teenagers – including Morrison’s daughter – a very cool Mrs. Morrison stroke downstairs to introduce herself.

“’She shook my hand and said, ‘You’re such a good boy, David, and then whispered in my ear, Stay away from my daughter.’ Said McKenna, laughing at the memory. ‘She’s a unique lady all right. Gets right to the point.’”

Boston Globe, 28 February 2007

McKenna grew up to become Julia Morrison’s boss who, has been seeing kids safely across the street at since 1957. She crossed Lynne Toomey when she was a little girl and today she crosses Mrs. Toomey’s two daughters.

“When I was a kid, Mrs. Morrison always had candy in her pockets and handed it out to kids who stayed on the white lines,” said Toomey. “And it’s something she still does today.”


Another parent, whose three grown children attended Brackett, says Morrison is much more than a crossing guard: "She's an integral part of the community. She knows every kid's name, every one. It's so much more than just a job to her."

You can read the rest of the story here and don't miss the slide show that accompanies it, narrated by Julia Morrison.


Can you imagine? I've had jobs I loved that much, but not for fifty years! That's a whole 'nother level of commitment.

I wonder if school crossing guards realize what an impression they make on children. I still recall Mr. Abt, the school janitor who acted as a crossing guard at Brady Elementary School in Detoit back in the 1940s. I have no idea how old he was, but from a little kid's perspective he was like a kindly old grandfather.

Crossing guard is an important and sometimes dangerous job, that's for sure. When my children were in school, parents took turns volunteering for the job and I put in my time. This lady is to be saluted.

What a great story AND a great title.
Here, crossing guards are young policemen most of the time.

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