Yesterday I drove in my 2nd Make-A-Wish (MAW) convoy. Every year MAW has their convoy on Mother’s Day. It’s wall-to-wall trucks, around 350 total. From dump trucks, fire trucks, flat beds, refers, and even a giant shopping cart. All these and more converged at the Burle Industries’ parking lot at 6am this morning. Families showed up to see each other’s trucks, celebrate Mother’s Day and of course help a MAW child have their wish granted – to ride in a big truck.
In addition to the trucks, the day-long event had games, food, hundreds of clowns, and even local mascots.
The convoy leaves at 1:30pm , sharp, heading up to Ephrata and back. And let me tell you that as much of a hard-ass as I can be, when I see the smiles of joy and happiness on a MAW kid’s face while pulling that cord long and hard to sound the air horns for all to hear, it brings a tear to my eye.
Driving up the road with my son, who always falls asleep, made me realize how important every moment of life really is. To see thousands of people lined up along the highways with signs saying “thank you truckers, got smoke, got jake brakes, and honk for us,” is a powerful sight.
When I catch the front of the convoy heading south and see the MAW kids still pulling the cord and smiling and laughing, I can’t help but to feel small in this world.
I spent 3 days getting my truck and trailer ready, waxing, polishing and repeating. My arms feel like I’ve been at the gym for 72 hours straight, but man, it was so worth it.
Even if you’re not into big rigs, come out to the event to support a great cause. Come park along 222. You know, the one you sit in Monday through Friday anyway? Yes, that one.
Support these drivers who spend hours away from home and give an entire day on Mother’s Day for people they’ve never met to give them a day that will make a huge memory for them in what could be a very short life.