I recently had the opportunity to be riding in the car with two of my grandchildren, Davey’s son and daughter, several times over the course of a couple of days. I’m blessed anytime I’m with them but I was especially delighted to realized on this trip how often they talked about their dad. Just about every time we got in the car, something about their dad would come up with no prompting from their mother or me.
My son, David Glasser, was a Phoenix Police Officer who was killed in the line of duty on May 18, 2016. He left behind a wife, his two year-old daughter and a 5 year-old son.
His kids, Micah and Eden, are now two years older and talk about him a lot.
Right after Davey was killed, I found it very difficult to say anything about him. The emotions were high and the pain was overwhelming. It was much easier to be quiet than it was to open up the topic of Davey.
But it didn’t take me too long to realize that his children needed to talk about him. They wanted to hear the stories and they wanted to remember the jokes. Now I bring up different things about him as often as I can around them so they can continue to learn more about their awesome dad.
It brings joy to my heart when Eden looks up with a sneaky smile and says, ‘barking spiders’. If you knew Davey, you probably know about ‘barking spiders’.
I have also realized that my Blue Family likes talking about Davey. We had such good times with him and so many great memories that bring a smile to our faces. Sharing our stories brings back the good feelings of being with him and having fun. Now we realize how he drew us together and he taught us how to love each other better.
Talking about Davey and remembering together also helps the Police Officers in our blue family know that their sacrifices and committment count. The battle they wage against the evil on the streets counts. The extra effort they make to give our families a safe place to live counts. The rest of us appreciate it and honor their courage. It will be remembered.
They will be remembered.
Just as we remember Davey.
And his barking spiders.
Miss you, Davey.