Reminder: This is NOT political so please don’t make it so!
I am so sad that some (and probably not that many but very vocal ones) seem to want to do harm to police officers and can’t appreciate that they’re who we call when we need help and they leave their families behind and put their lives on the line every day to protect people they don’t know. Just like in any profession, there are probably a few . . very few . . bad ones and I don’t think the whole profession should be painted with the same brush.
If my husband or son were a police officer these days, I would beg them to find another profession simply because it has become so dangerous to be a law enforcement officer.
Today Addie and I went out to eat lunch. I told her that I wanted to get there soon after the restaurant opened so we could eat and get out before it got crowded. We walked in and there were three officers sitting at a table, an older man (probably younger than me! <G>) at another table and then we sat down. The server came to take our drink order and when he bought our drinks back, I asked him if he would give me the check for the officers but please not tell them who had paid. The server said “Too late . . the guy sitting next to you already did it!” Later a man and lady came in and sat in the booth behind me and I heard him ask the server the same thing . . please bring me the tab or the officers. The server explained that it had already been taken care of and then said “Around here, you have to be really quick if you want to pay for police officers’ meals! Everyone wants to do it for them!”
Whether it’s always been that way or whether more people are wanting to show their appreciation, I have no idea but it about brought tears to my eyes. Again, confirmation that we’re living in a great place for us. Only three tables in the restaurant had customers besides the officers and all three wanted to pay for their meal.
Addie was sitting there dumbfounded . . you were going to pay for all three of those men’s dinners? And you don’t know them?? It gave me a chance to explain to her that we need to be sure to show appreciation to the people we appreciate and that sometimes, it’s better when you do something nice for people and they don’t even know who did it. She said “I appreciate my teacher but I don’t have any money!” so I explained that she could do things like draw pictures for her, pick up trash people left on the floor, always listen, write her a note that tells her she’s appreciated. I told Addie if she would write a note, then I would buy a Hobby Lobby gift card for her to give the teacher with the note. She started writing her note today. I’m not going to stay on her to finish it. I believe it has to come from the heart and not be something she does because I expect her to do it.
I hope Addie will be a person who isn’t afraid to show her appreciation for others and that she will be aware of people to whom appreciation should be shown.
I’m not saying there aren’t plenty of other places where the same thing wouldn’t have happened but it made me really happy to be where I am!