To the editor:

It was Sunday afternoon and I was taking a walk through our neighborhood. Crossing Brandon Mill from River Springs Drive to Brandon Ridge, I took a minute to thank the GDOT workers wielding their “SLOW/STOP” signs as they led drivers through the latest maze, doing their best to keep us safe on wheels and foot.

“You guys have a tough job,” I called out.

The reply came quickly, “I’ve never heard so much cussing.”

I was stunned and pursued the comment long enough to find out the worker speaking had only been on the job two days, in which he had been met with “so much cussing” not from his supervisors but from drivers coming in and out of the neighborhood.

The only thing I knew to do was apologize on behalf of my neighborhood and walk on — stunned, embarrassed and disappointed.

Sure it’s a frustrating project — but it’s for us! Sure no project is perfect, and the delays can test our patience, but it’s for us! Sure it’s taking a long time, but it’s a big project — and yes, it’s for us!

Projects like the one at the convergence of Abernathy, Johnson Ferry, River Valley and Brandon Mill have many layers. There are utilities to move, lanes to switch, new intersections to create, landscape to install — all while keeping us moving safely back and forth from home to work to church to school to play and home again.

But there’s another layer, too — the human layer of workers, people like you and me who are coming to work every day (and sometimes nights and weekends) to make a living and while making a living to eventually improve our egress, our commutes and our community.

I truly want to believe we can meet this human layer of workers with our patience rather than our profanity.

May God bless them with good work, safety and a successful project at the end of each day. And, God bless you if you choose to stop with a kind word rather than a curse word. I feel certain it will make the project better for everyone involved.

Deborah C. Garrard