Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Today I had a very simple but great experience. As Helen and I were leaving the apartment to run errands I could hear a siren approaching. Knowing Helen would be intrigued, I stopped at the top of our stairs so she could watch the lights and such. From around the corner came a police officer on motorcycle with all his lights and sirens going. He was obviously on his way to an emergency. As Helen was absorbing all of this, the police officer turned and waved to her. I was floored by his gesture. He obviously had other things to think about and he was obviously busy. But he cared enough to notice this little girl watching him intently. He didn't slow down, didn't stop the job he was doing, nor make a big deal, but he recognized us. It was a huge deal for me. We need more people in the world like this. Maybe I need to be one of those people more often. I think about how many times I am rushing around for what I think is an emergency or dire need, but really none of it matters if I don't recognize and appreciate the people around me. I appreciate this officer, whoever he may be. I appreciate him taking the time to wave at Helen and the simple principle he reminded me of today. I have had a great lesson in what should be held as important.