I see you, a police dad.
Stuck between your family and protecting someone else’s.
I see you get up while everyone is sleeping and come home to everyone sleeping.
I see you risk your lives for strangers.
I see you spending Father’s Day, childless, as you spend the day protecting the community.
I see you celebrate your child’s birthday- not on their birthday.
I see you kiss your daughter goodbye every morning because you never know when it could be your last.
I see you stop arguing with your wife and tell her you love her because, once again, “what if”?
I see your sacrifice.
Because mine makes those sacrifices too. But not just him- it takes a wife.
A wife that exhales relief when she hears the alarm unset and the door close.
A wife that learns to navigate this life more independently because at any second- the call could come- and you’re on your own.
A mama that is a daddy on Father’s Day and her child’s biggest fan at an event because daddy had to work.
A mama that holds back a screaming child as daddy closes the door.
I see you mama. I am you.
I see that sweet baby that isn’t even two but automatically assumes “da da work”.
I see you asking for your daddy when he is gone.
I see you confused because he isn’t here.
I see your excitement when he comes through the door and your disappointment that he is so tired he just needs to sleep.
I see you baby girl.
He is strong.
I am stronger.
You are the strongest.
I wish the happiest of Father’s Day to all the first responders that aren’t with their kids today. I see you. We see you. We thank you. 💙