Growing up, I always took Thanksgiving for granted.
I never understood the true meaning of giving thanks for what I have or could have. It was a tradition I celebrated because those around me practiced it.
Four years ago, this all changed. On the eve of the day of thanks, I was working as a police officer in the most dangerous post of the most dangerous district in the most violent city per capita in the nation. As such, you expect and plan for the worst. I kissed my 1-year-old daughter and wife and told them I loved them as I walked out the door. As a police officer, this is a common practice since you are never sure if you are saying goodbye for a shift or [...]