My life has a ‘before’.
Before my son, David Glasser, a Phoenix Police Officer, was killed in the line of duty on May 18, 2016, my world was a different place.
It was a place where my family was whole. When I think back to ‘before’, there is a special light that shows up in my memories and that light has now disappeared.
My husband and I lived 1 1/2 miles from Davey and his family the last 6 years of his life so I could expect to see him or at least talk with him almost every day. He would regularly drop by unannounced for something – anything. He loved people so he was always in search of people to talk to, people to hang out with. Most of the time Davey had his son, Micah, with him when he dropped by and he wanted his dad to come along wherever they were going – Home Depot, Best Buy, where ever. His then five year-old son, Micah, called Best Buy ‘daddy’s store’ so that gives you an idea of how often they went there.
Davey was a planner – always thinking about the next good time, the next tailgate, the next trip, the next get together. There was a feeling of excitement and anticipation when he was around because there were good times coming. He fell in love with tailgating at the Cardinals games when he was young and beer pong was his game of choice until it was outlawed.
He was open and friendly, gathering friends wherever he went.
I miss Davey’s light in my life.
My struggle with the darkness, grief and pain this last 5 years has been tough. There are times when I feel the gloom hanging over me, my longing for ‘before’ crowding out any joy of today.
It’s been a battle. God has given me strength and has increased my faith through these awful days. He has placed a lot of people around me who love me and have brought their own special light into my life.
I have started to see some of the lessons God is teaching me through this terrible journey.
One of my big lessons is about gratitude.
I. am. so. grateful. for. the. 34. years. we. had. Davey.
Words cannot express how grateful I am. I have realized, when I focus on my gratitude for how awesome Davey was and all the great times we spent together, some of Davey’s light seeps back into my life. Memories become warm and good instead of painful. When I am grateful for the time we had with Davey, my world seems less empty and much less sad.
God gave us a precious gift for 34 years.
And I am extremely grateful.
Miss you, Davey.