I swear, my newborn son poops 63 times a day. But I don’t mind. That’s what a diaper holster is for (patent pending). I’m watching him sleep as I sit here and type. Peaceful, without worry. He knows that dad is here, and when he cries because he pooped for the 64th time, I will hold him, (change him), and bring him comfort. When he gets older, I want a safe world for my son …peaceful, without worry. That’s what I live for, that’s what I work for. I put the badge on every day because I want to help build that future for him. It is a serious task to take on, and it makes the badge heavy.
My 2 year old daughter is the cutest, most adorable, craziest, and most emotionally disturbed person I have ever known. One minute she is demanding that I put on Zootopia, and is clearly articulating in Baby English (it’s an official language as far as I am concerned) why it would be an act of WAR if I did not put it on.
The next minute she is giving me hug while saying, “Eye wuv shoo” (Also in baby English, but I’ll take it). I can hear her snoring upstairs as I sit here and type. Peaceful, without worry. She knows that daddy is here, and when the sound of thunder wakes her out of bed, I will hold her and bring her comfort. When she gets older, I want a world without fear for my daughter. That is what I live for, that is what I work for. I put the badge on every day because I want to help build that future for her. It is a serious task, and it makes the badge heavy.
My Wife…., the mother of my beautiful children. We have our ups and downs, but she has my back. It hurts to see the gloom on her face as I slap my vest on, throw on my gear, and rush out the door because I’m trying not to be late for roll call (again). I can never forget how she looks into my eyes, as if it may be the last time she ever sees me again. She is asleep upstairs as I sit here and type, not peaceful… and full of worry. She learned of three wives in Baton Rouge that will never see their husbands again. I learned of three husbands, fathers, and brothers that will never change another diaper as I have today. They will never again, turn on their kid’s favorite movie. They wanted a better world for their family. That is what they lived for, and that is what they worked for. They put the badge on every day because they wanted to help build that future for them and others. It was a serious task. It made their badges heavy.
Those men and women who gave all,..to all,… were my family. Most of us will get to sleep peacefully tonight… without worry, thanks to the men and women who put that heavy badge on every day to make a better future for us. As hurt and devastated as we are, I guarantee that tomorrow, I along with all Law Enforcement Officers will put that heavy badge on again. We will continue to serve our community, even though the badges that we put on will have the weight of three more badges added on. We owe it to them to carry on what they lived for, what they worked for, and what they died for. We will put on the weight of the badges of our slain fellow officers and pick up where they left off,…to help build a better future for their families, our families, and others. It is a serious task, and it makes our badges heavy.