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.