You would think that at my age a “fun” day would be relaxing at home with Gary, writing, reading and, well, napping. Don’t get me wrong, those are definitely fun days but yesterday was kinda special.
I cover courthouse happenings for several papers and in Henry County, the place is open for business five days a week. Yesterday was National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day and, coincidentally, a promotional ceremony was scheduled for late afternoon.
Three from the sheriff’s department were promoted. Family and friends came too, and there were pinning ceremonies. I get kind of caught up in such celebrations and I could feel tears sting my eyes as people around me got emotional, too.
As if that wasn’t special enough, I took the county van back home and on the way we picked up a 102-year-old man in town and took him to Kewanee. Oh, my gosh! This guy does not use a cane, got up into the van easily, found his seat and snapped himself in. I understand he only had his driver’s license taken away two years ago when he was a mere 100 years old.
I learned a few things about this amazing man and came home smiling, even though I was bone-tired. I would love to have talked with this guy and learned about his life.
I love my job, the people I interact with and I think that’s important. No matter the troubles, trials and all else we get thrown at us, if we can find something that brings us joy (and is legal!), then we are indeed blessed.
I know I am.
January 10, 2018