This will have to be a relatively quick post tonight. I had the Great Debate tonight (which was pretty Great – if you’d like to see what I do, you can watch the Youtube video here – it starts about 10 minutes in and I am the emcee for the evening). It went very well I think, but I was exhausted, should have eaten dinner before going and the room was really warm which accentuated my exhaustion and gave me a headache. But, I felt great about the event, so overall I was pleased with the evening. Unfortunately, I came home to a sick DD. She got her flu shot today, so it may be that, I’m not sure. Her heart rate was only 61 in the pediatrician office today (it has been very low, which is why she ended up in the hospital a while back). Tonight is was 120 and she was running a fever. I know that sometimes the flu vaccine can cause a little bit of a reaction, so I gove her some Tylenol, she ate some tummy crackers (Saltines) and went to bed. I’m hoping it is a reaction and she’ll be good in the morning because we’re supposed to do Nut Sales at Lowe’s for Daisies (Girl Scouts) tomorrow and she has been looking forward to that forever! We shall see…
Tonight, my thanks is for something a bit strange, but related to the Great Debate tonight. One of the women in the debate had lost her husband about eight years ago in a random violent crime incident (he was ambushed because he was a police officer by a young man who thought he was making a political statement and said during trial that he would do it again given the chance). The woman was a great representative of the pro death penalty side of things, which I don’t agree with as a matter of policy. But she personalized the issue without being overly emotional. She pointed out the difficulty of knowing the person who commited the crime was guilty and admitting guilt, but still was forced into a system that required him to go on trial. I definitely found it to be compelling.
So, tonight, my thanks is for all those police officers who go out and put their lives on the line each and every day. Because even if there isn’t a random attack on them, there are those who would take an officer’s life without a second thought. There are those who place officer’s in harms way because of their own personal conflicts. I know that not every police officer is a “good guy”. That is obvious from the recent news. But, most ARE good people trying to do a good job and protect people. And now they not only have to go out and face those committing crimes, but they also have to face increased scrutiny and distrust and resentment and frustration based on the behavior of others. That has to make an already difficult job much more difficult. Much more.
So, thanks to those who do their jobs despite the negativity. Those who treat others with respect, even when they aren’t being treated in the same way. Those who truly live up to the words “protect and serve”. There are so many of them who aren’t making the headlines because they are just doing their job – day in and day out. A job that requires them to be ready to put their lives on the line for strangers at any time. I am thankful there are those willing to do that job. May we find a way to show them the respect they deserve and may we find a way to get rid of those who shouldn’t be in that job to allow those who are meant to be there to do their jobs better.