It’s a constant issue.
Somebody is missing.
A tall somebody who was always adding a lot of fun and laughs to whatever was going on – he’s no longer here.
A man of faith whose integrity and character clearly showed through the decisions he made in his life – he’s missing.
There’s a hole in our lives that will never be filled.
Sometimes people use the word ‘healing’ when they’re talking to me about the death of my son, David Glasser, who was a Phoenix Police officer killed in the line of duty on May 18, 2016.
I can’t relate to the word ‘healing’. There’s a hole. After 6 years I have realized there is always going to be a hole. It’s not going to ‘heal’ over into a scar and fade away. Not in this lifetime. Not on this side of heaven.
Yesterday, I talked to my oldest grand darlings, Davey’s son and daughter, about going back to school again after their summer break and I couldn’t help thinking about how proud Davey would have been of how well they are both doing in school. He loved learning – he was a fast thinker and very strategic. He had a double major in college of Psychology and Criminal Justice.
I will never forget a conversation we had when he was studying juvenile delinquency. He told me that a working mother was the highest indicator that a kid would become a juvenile delinquent. Because I had been working full-time getting my Bachelor’s degree and then going right into my career since before he was born, I thought this was very interesting.
So I asked him with a smile, “Well, what happened to you?”
That led to a in-depth discussion about how it’s not the mother’s working that’s the issue – it’s the values and faith and priorities of those mothers along with the fathers that has the biggest influence on the success of a child.
Davey told me many times how frustrated he was with the fact that many parents today use the police as the bad guys with their children.
“If you don’t behave, the police will come and arrest you.”
Really? What happened to parents disciplining their own children and teaching their children to respect authority and the rules? Is it just easier to wait until they are 15 or 16 years-old and let the police handle it?
Policemen spend a lot of time parenting kids whose parents don’t do it.
The life of a cop.
He was a great cop….and he is missed.
He was a great son and brother…and he is missed.
He was a great husband and father….and he is missed.
He was a great friend and coworker….and he is missed.
There’s always going to be a 6’5″ hole in my life.
Miss you, Davey.