He’s Just A Man

Is he a symbol or a man? To you, he is a symbol of something more. He’s a faceless uniform that walks the streets. You see his blue, you see his gun and shield. You see his car on the side of the road, and instinctively check to make sure you’re not speeding. You point him out to your child […]

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I Am The Wife

I am the wife that sits alone, wondering if I will hear his voice. I am the wife that packs up the kids and goes to parties, school events, family functions and holiday dinners – with or without him. I am the wife that will never skip that kiss goodbye – because if today is his last day, I want […]

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Will You Remember?

We lost another brother, the latest on a growing list in a year that’s just begun. But that’s “his job,” isn’t it? It’s “what he signed up for.” “He knew what he was getting into.” I suppose in a way he did. He knew that his life would be on the line, that his time would never be his own, […]

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They Forgot

They forgot how many times you answered when they called. They forgot the lives you saved, and all the wounds you healed. They forgot how you stood patiently for hours while they marched, and that your own opinions didn’t matter on that day. They forgot that it was you who held their hands; that your eyes, too, were filled with […]

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This Is Our Life

“Never go to bed angry.” “Always kiss goodbye.” “Think before you speak.” “Live in the present.” Everyone has heard all that. So had I. I thought I was living by those words, and maybe I more or less was. It wasn’t until shortly after I was married, though, that I came to fully understand how important it all is. The […]

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Today I Kissed My Love Goodbye

Today I kissed my love goodbye. “Don’t forget your dinner!” “Do you have your gun and shield?” “Come home safe!” I kissed my love goodbye – and watched him walk away. Every day. All these years of practicing this same routine and it somehow has gotten harder instead of easier. That voice inside me wondering – was that the last […]

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Where’s Your Husband?

I’m there alone – again – and it’s only a matter of time before someone asks. The day was long, it’s still not over, and the hours of single parenting are wearing me down. I sit quietly. The breezy small talk isn’t coming easily to me today, but I smile as the other parents chat. And then, the inevitable: “Where’s […]

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Damned or Dead 

  I can’t find the words. I try to find the hope. I try to see the good. But …. Michigan. Tennessee. Georgia. Dallas. Baton Rouge. 8 officers killed in 11 days. Their guns are pulled out for a reason. Their guard is up for a reason. Because they’re damned if they do and they die if they don’t…. and […]

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