It’s very hard to be thankful this Thanksgiving.
This year has been the most difficult year of my life. There has been so much pain and sorrow.
So many tears.
It’s hard to be thankful when there is this huge hole in my life where my son, Dave, used to be.
Smiling, joking, making plans – he brought his own unique light into my world. He was great at bringing new, fun people into our lives. He always had room for one more – or ten more – friends in his life.
It’s hard to be thankful when I see how our culture is treating my Brothers and Sisters in Blue.
Hunting you down.
It feels like all the crazies of the world have been let loose on one target – and that target wears blue.
Evil keeps crawling out of the smelly, rotten holes it was hiding in – showing us all again why we so desperately need our Family in Blue to stand up for what’s right.
And then it becomes even harder to be thankful when I think of all of the families and friends of our fallen brothers and sisters.
I’ve been there.
I am there.
It’s not a place you ever want to be.
And the number of us is growing quickly. Much too quickly.
The dark cloud of sadness is moving over more and more of our Blue Family.
Every news report of every fallen officer brings it all back.
The horrible reality.
when I think about the very special gift I was given 35 years ago,
it’s very hard not to be thankful.
When I focus on the over-34-years that I was blessed to have Davey in my life, its hard not to smile.
And I’m thankful for every minute.
I’m thankful to our Father God who has been walking closely beside us through this dark time – comforting us and gradually healing our broken hearts.
I’m also thankful for our many family members and friends who have loved us and cared for us and are still praying for us today. We share awesome memories. Together, we are figuring out how to move forward.
I’m very thankful for our Family in Blue – you really showed up! And you haven’t left. You are also loving us and caring for us and praying for us today. We share awesome memories of Dave as well and, together, we are strong enough to face tomorrow.
Together, we can be thankful for what we had…
and what we still have…..
on this day of Thanksgiving.