Editor's Note

March 2, 2006
We are made to do this work and its not easy ... I would say that pain is part of the glory, or the tremendous mystery of life. And that if anything, it’s a kind of privilege to stand so close to such an incredible miracle. —Simone in Klasson 2001

When reading the above quote, one could ponder the daily struggles of our industry which, we most definitely tend to “eat, sleep and breathe.” No, the work is not easy … in fact, it’s an incredible act of labor, dedication and deliverance. In the past 10 to 15 years in aviation, the “pain” indeed is part of the “glory.” The glory of being in an industry we cherish, with individuals we admire, doing a job not always appreciated and usually not honored.

Truth be told, with this quote, Simone in Klasson, a doctor, was speaking about the incredible miracle of birth … THE act of labor, dedication and deliverance, which is often not appreciated nor honored. At Ground Support Magazine, we have had the excitement of welcoming Ground Support Publisher, Holly Hoffer’s new daughter Drew, into the world just six weeks ago. Though for some of you, the memory may be like a spark that flies from the welding torch and disappears as it falls to the ground; when I held Holly’s daughter in my arms, the spark shone bright.

An “incredibly new and exciting experience” in her life, Holly said (as most new mothers discover), “I had no clue it would be as hard as it is, but it most certainly is the best thing I have ever done in my life. I definitely have a new appreciation for parents who work, both men and women that have to go into the office and travel while they have kids at home.”

However, believe it or not, she said one of the other difficult things has been not talking to her clients. “After talking with my sales reps, I am learning that there have been a lot of changes out there [in the industry] in just a short six weeks, so I am excited to hear about some of those changes and new developments in the industry,” Holly says. “More than anything, I’m thrilled to hear how well we are doing … there seems to be a comeback and more energy in the industry and in GSM this first quarter since I’ve been gone. I’d like to think it’s because I was organized and had others ready to call my clients … but I doubt it! It’s perfect timing though that my maternity leave ends with the beginning of AIE in Vegas. Drew will be 2 ½ months and everyone will get to meet her.”

I don’t think it took Holly having a baby for the first quarter “comeback,” but it sure will be nice when she does come back. So Holly … and everyone else … can’t wait to see you in Vegas!

As always, thanks for reading!