Often times we think of military members being away from their families or police officers having to work on the holidays as being a sad time because they are away from their families. But no one ever comes right out and says that sometimes they are okay with it.Their jobs are meaningful and stepping up to make the holidays safe for others matters to them.
There is something important about the brotherhood and sisterhood of people that they work side by side with each day. There is connection there. There is a bond that forms there. There is a camaraderie that is not felt necessarily at home.
It doesn't make being away from families okay, because that connection doesn't replace family, but it also isn't always as bad as outsiders think it to be. Sometimes those deployment holidays together in the mess hall are meaningful and create memories. Sometimes those officers on the job together have a bond being on duty together. There is something special to be honored there and I think that this is something to recognize, especially this week, for multiple reasons, I need not get into.
Let's keep those who keep our nation and communities safe in our thoughts and prayers this Christmas, but let's also honor their choice to serve and give them the pat on the back they deserve for doing what many others wouldn't ever sign up to do.
I am thankful to the community of officers, military personnel, firefighters, and EMT's who serve the community I live in, but also the multiple communities that I work in. What you do matters and it's important to not lose sight of the value there is in serving a community for the right reasons. May your Christmas be one of camaraderie and support with each other, but also one of devoted time with your families.