I wish I had had a role model in my Junior and Senior years of high school of a young person who loved people and loved their city enough to risk their life to help keep it safe. Someone who, at a young age, decided to be an active part of the solution, not part of the problem.
I’m sure there were people around like that when I was in high school but I never heard about them.
This is one of the reasons I spoke with the Moon Valley High School’s Police Science Class this week. I wanted to tell them about my son, David Glasser, a Moon Valley HS graduate who became a Phoenix Police Officer and was killed in the line of duty on May 18, 2016. They needed to know that he, and other young people like him, start making choices in high school that put them on the path to make a real difference in our community.
A big difference.
Sixteen, seventeen, eighteen – these high schoolers are not too young to decide to become part of the solution. Thank you to Steve Wams, their instructor, for giving me an opportunity to speak to these kids and for being their role-model every day in class. High Schoolers have so much potential and so many possibilities ahead of them. Choices surround them – good and bad.
Their choices – and our choices – help determine the road we travel through this life. The road I now find myself on is very challenging but I’m determined to learn what I can as I experience the bumps, bruises and twists of this journey.
That’s another reason I spoke with the class. I’ve learned some life-changing lessons since May 2016. Before Davey’s death, when I looked down the road to the future, Davey was always there. When I look to the future now, it looks extremely different. Great memories and his legacy is still here but, every day, I miss his smiling face, his jokes, his constant planning to have fun and the flow of love that came from him.
I’m so glad he said that last ‘love you’ to me – it has made this struggle easier to bear.
Having been on this planet many decades, you would think I would know all about love. Right? Wrong. The things I have learned about love these last 2 1/2 years surprise me. I never expected them. I’ve been a Christ-follower my whole life and I have seriously studied love and God’s love. But I’ve never experienced the supernatural power of people loving people until Davey died and we all joined together to continue his legacy of love. When we rise up together over our self-centeredness, magic happens. When we join our hearts in spite of our differences, love changes things.
It’s one of the things I was excited to get to share with the kids on the Police Science class at Moon Valley. Actually, the Fire Science class also packed into the room so we had wall-to-wall kids who heard that they could really improve this world they live in when they choose to love.
Davey did it. Others have done it. Now it’s their choice.
And it’s our choice.
What do we choose?
Miss you, Davey.