Have you ever worried about how little respect there seems to be in society today?
It seems like we live in a time where you can make negative comments about anyone and anything and get away with it. Tweet it, put it on Facebook, text it – whatever; it’s all fair game. Last summer it seemed that the disrespect being shown to police around the country was getting out of hand. Only the mistakes were publicized, only the bad things were promoted and posted.
That troubles me.
You can’t expect to slam police officers and still expect the local cops to cheerfully show up when you need them. And really, if you were a cop and your community was blasting your profession left and right, how hard would it be to put on that uniform every day and go do your job? I don’t know how long I could do it.
Since I have no aspirations for a career in law enforcement, I don’t need to worry about that, but I do worry that my children are growing up in a world where rudeness and disrespect is not just tolerated, but sometimes it seems to be honored.
I certainly hope that we never need to call for emergency services to help us, but I’m not so naive as to say we will be so fortunate. And whether we need to call them or not, they have a hard job to do. From stories I have heard, I know there are days when being a cop or EMT or fireman is just awful. I want my children to acknowledge (none of us can really comprehend what the bad days in a first responder’s life is like) that these people do a lot for us and sometimes the job is just plain hard.
How our family appreciates first responders
Every year at Christmas we bake cookies for the local, county, and state police departments and the local fire department, and it is a great holiday tradition that my kids look forward to. This morning’s newspaper said that the first wildfire of the season was yesterday, and after last year’s terrible season, it wasn’t good to read that the fires have started already.
Since most of the kids remember how bad some of the fires were, and since we know a fair number of police and firemen in our town, it wasn’t a hard sell to get everyone involved in doing something. SO, following the ideas we got from Leah over at Love and Blues, we took some empty pickle jars and filled them with suckers and put a big tag on it saying “We realize that not every day in your job is fun and easy but we are grateful that you still do it, day in and day out. Thank you. And these are for days that suck.” The kids had a blast putting these together (and sampling a sucker to make sure they were edible) and we went out today to deliver them.
We piled out of the car at the fire station and and one of the firemen met us at the door. He said thanks to everyone and gave the kids stickers. Then we headed to the local police station – oops – you can’t get in on a weekend. Not to the local, or the county, or the state police offices. Oh well. Now we get to spend an hour or so on another day giving thanks and appreciating these people. It’s awesome.
The best part of the day? The kids want to do this regularly and they are all planning what to do next time. Mission accomplished.