*Please excuse the cell phone pictures. This blogging venture is certainly going to teach me not to run around without my camera 🙂
So there is this park not too far from my house, that the girls and I stop at often when we are out running errands. It isn’t large, but it is well maintained and has all the essentials of a good park. There is a great little playground with multiple climbing or sliding options, and that cool recycled-tire-squishy-rubber stuff on the ground. There is a canopy stretched over the playground to shade it from the full strength Arizona sun. There is also a nice grassy area (kind of a novelty out here), with a good hill for running or rolling down. There are a couple of swing sets complete with “baby swings” and even a little amphitheater perfect for my little performing prancery-dancery playing girls.
We love this little park and the peaceful feel of its scattered benches under mature vegetation. We enjoy the friendly “comings and goings” of the community that it serves.
This is a memorial park. It rests beside the home church of a hero. The park was completed about a year ago as a tribute to Officer Erik Hite who was shot and killed in 2008 while pursuing a suspect.
A couple of mornings ago, the girls and I played at this park. It was one of those gorgeous sunny but snow-capped, (in the distance, of course), sort of days that we enjoy here. As I stopped to catch my breath, I saw Officer Hite’s name and the plaque in his honor. My heart ached with the knowledge that there is a family in our community who is desperately missing him. Kids who are missing their daddy. A wife who is missing her husband. Who would give just about anything to have him back…
And our family has one right now. And he is a good one. And I know I don’t appreciate him nearly enough.
He may not do everything exactly the way I would (thank goodness!). I may not always agree with his choices. But he is here and he loves us and we would be so. lost. without. him.
How do you remember to appreciate every moment with your husband? Does he know you appreciate him?