I’ve had the good fortune this week of crossing paths with several every day heroes, or angels, if you will. Average, run-of-the-mill people who are motivated by the desire to make a difference in the lives of others. And at a time when we celebrate commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, what better time to mention the people who’ve made an impact on my life.
The Special Olympics Unified Relay Across America came through my hometown, and my husband, being the Chief of Police, was honored to carry the torch with the County Sheriff. (My husband is the one on the right.) As this group of runners (below) made their way to the end of their run to pass the torch to the men in blue (wearing red :) ) above, I felt like I was in the presence of dignitaries. These people, even one in a wheel chair, made me embarrassed that I can find a single thing to complain about in my life. To say they were happy is an understatment. Their enthusiasm for life was contagious. They are true heroes.
And last, but certainly not least, is the Brighton police officer, Nick Struck, who comforted a small child by holding her and singing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star , after she was involved in an automobile accident that killed her father. At a time when the media seems to be looking for and shining the media spotlight on the less than admirable police behavior across the country, it’s important to remember the hundreds of thousands who put their lives on the line every day for peace, order, and unity. And the ones, like Officer Struck, who take the time for that one small child who needed him more than anything at that moment. Nick is perhaps one of the most humble people I know.
Enjoy this Fourth of July holiday with family and friends, loving and appreciating one another, and giving thanks. For each other as well as all those who serve.