I feel the sadness gradually growing in my heart. I try to ignore the mound of dread that is starting to form deep in my soul.
The empty place in my life begins to blot out the sunshine. This emptiness has a name – Davey. My son, David Glasser, a Phoenix Police Officer, was killed in the line of duty on May 18, 2016.
Today is International Bereaved Mother’s Day. How appropriate. Unfortunately, those of us who have lost a child have a lot in common as we learn how to live with a broken heart. If you are feeling alone in your grief, please read my book on Amazon, “Then I Looked Up: Losing a Child, Finding His Legacy of Love.” It’s the story of Davey’s death and life and my journey of finding hope after losing a child. You are not alone.
My May used to be all about having fun on Mother’s Day but now my Mother’s Day is bittersweet. My May also used to be focused on celebrating another successful year of marriage with my husband on May 23 but now that date is a reminder to be thankful that our marriage survived all the trials and heartache we have gone through together these last 7 years.
Since 2016, May has had dark cloud hanging over it – Davey’s End of Watch Anniversary.
It’s been 7 very long years.
Seven years of a level of grief I didn’t know was possible.
Seven years of a growing hole in my life that is impossible to fill.
Seven years of remembering and missing Davey – an awesome man, son, husband, father, friend and Police Officer.
Seven years of dealing with the painful reality of all that has been lost.
Seven years of figuring out how to move forward, honoring Davey’s sacrifice and his legacy.
Seven years of rebuilding dreams in the void where Davey was supposed to be.
Seven years without his smile.
Seven years of counting on God to get me through another day without Davey.
Seven years of visiting Davey’s spot in the cemetery where he is surrounded by other thin blue line heroes. We used to visit Davey’s spot every May 19th but we have moved to Denver so we now stop in every time we’re in town.
If you have been following my blog, you know we planted a tree next to Davey’s spot right after his funeral. The first tree died. It was just another disappointment in a long list of disappointments. The good news is that the second tree is healthy and growing. Its strong and starting to provide much needed shade.
The closer we get to May 18, the more I wish we could just skip the whole month. Since that’s not possible, we will spend May 18th doing something that Davey liked to do – like playing cornhole. We have found in the past that this helps us get through a tough anniversary. It brings back some of our great memories of good times with Davey.
I know many of you will be visiting Davey’s spot on May 18th or 19th to honor and remember him – thank you.
I’m so grateful we have 34 1/2 years of great memories with Davey.
Miss you, Davey.
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