I have to take a moment to brag on our police chief, Chris Womack. He posted on his FaceBook status today how he’s on the board for the Boys and Girls Club here in town and how he’s co-chair of their spaghetti supper which is one of their biggest fundraisers. I can’t tell you how that simple status update takes me back in time.
First Hubby and I used to chair the annual Spaghetti Supper they used to have at the elementary school where all three of our girls went. Every year we would get almost every item if not ALL items donated and get the teachers and parents to cook and serve so that every penny we raised was completely profit. It didn’t usually raise more than $1,000 but that’s $1,000 that they wouldn’t have had! I worked for weeks getting different restaurants to donate different items for the supper and we always had such a great time working it. Hubby and myself and a couple other sets of parents and a few teachers and their husbands faithfully worked it each year.
The school wasn’t that big so we got to know a lot of the parents and even though we may not keep in constant touch with them I still consider them friends and when I happen to run into them it’s just like old times. In fact I saw a couple of the teachers at the wedding we catered a couple of weeks ago and we picked up right where we left off. They taught our kids, they worked alongside us to raise money for the school and I’ll never forget the connection we had.
And what brings this whole thing full circle for me is that way back then, when our older two girls were in elementary school they had this program called DARE. I’m not even sure if it still exists anymore since we no longer have kids who are school age, but, it was a program designed to teach kids about the dangers of drugs and drug abuse. They used to take rookie police officers straight out of the police academy and pretty much their first assignment was as the school’s dare officer.
And guess who their dare officer was? A young rookie by the name of Chris Womack! And now Chris just so happens to be our chief of police for our city. It warms my heart every time I see a police car go by with his name engraved on the back “Chris Womack, Chief of Police”. I can’t tell you how old that makes me feel either! But it does make me feel good that the young police officer that taught our kids about staying off drugs is now locking up those drug dealers and making sure our streets are safe. I sleep better at night knowing that Chris is in charge of our little city. And I think it sends a great message to the youth of today. That if you work hard, and do right, you CAN achieve your dreams. That doing the right thing DOES pay off. That there’s something noble and good about being a good guy and that sometimes, maybe if you follow your heart, that the good guy DOES come out on top. And he always posts a positive status update and he’s always so positive and upbeat no matter what. It’s good to see people like that. Comgratulations, Chris! I couldn’t be more proud of you and for you and I’m proud that YOU represent our city. Semper Fi Chief!