What Now

As each of you can see, it's been quite a while since I have posted. Reasons are many but today made me realize that they were just excuses. As I posted previously, I moved Joyce to a different Memory Care Facility. This was perhaps the best decision of my life other than taking her for my wife. She has been more happy and relaxed than I have seen her in a very long time. The caregivers are very good. I still visited her every day until the Corona virus came along. I was afraid she would not do well without my visits. However; it was I that did not do well. However, long before it became common practice, I was able to facetime with her every day - thanks to a wonderful caregiver. I have now progressed to visiting with her through a window screen. She does not understand why I cannot come in or why she cannot come outside on the patio and visit. Thats ok. Its the moment in time that is important for both her and for me. When will we get to be together again and I can give her great big hug - soon I pray. What made me get off my rear end and post again? We are both rural Texans and other than God and Texas, we have always stood proud under Old Glory and the Texas Star. With everything going on in todays world, it's very difficult to stay focused and optimistic. Today a symbol of our Texas heritage came down at the Dallas Love Field airport - The TEXAS RANGER STATUE.

The following is attritbuted to Mr. Frank Hammer, Texas Ranger

At approximately 08:00 this morning (June 5, 2020) , the City of Dallas removed the Texas Ranger monument from the entry way of Dallas Love Field.

The epitome of law enforcement professionalism and, the State of Texas itself, the Texas Rangers are highly regarded as one of the finest Law Enforcement Organizations in the world, by far.

Thus to me, both personally and professionally, I cannot even begin to comprehend this kind of “logic”. Yes, there’s some mighty rough history back there in our history books. However, I’d simply refer to this profound fact; It was mighty rough times. And the Texas Rangers were the only rough men around, who had the intestinal fortitude, tenacity, dedication and integrity to bring those who were lawless, to Justice.

Inevitably, the Texas Rangers brought about a semblance of order, peace and calm for all those who came to settle here in Texas, this very special place on Earth so many of us call, Home.

I was privileged enough to spend a great deal of my youth with the Rangers of Co. A and, in particular, Texas Ranger Henry Manning. The man helped instill a deep sense of duty, respect, patience and tenacity to always find not just “a way” but, to always find the “right way.”

In my career I have met, worked, froze and burned up under the scorching hot Texas sun with some of the best men in the business. And, each of those men wore the infamous “Mexican Peso, Texas Ranger Star.”

Each and every Texas Ranger I have met, in one way or another, shared a wealth of knowledge, friendship and dedication to duty with me, as we worked tirelessly together to solve some very tragic and difficult cases.

My heart truly breaks for the nearly overwhelming wave of “Anti-Law Enforcement” we are all subject to and, facing. True enough, some awful decisions and acts have been made by some wearing a badge. And yet, all of my hurt and dismay can only be tempered by the memories I have, all those years ago. One such memory being, Mr. Manning explaining to me the following;

“Son, no matter how wrong some folks may be, hell everyone may be, don’t you ever sell out your integrity. You just keep on doing what’s right...”

I’ll never forget those times, the men, the lessons and especially Mr. Manning. All of which combined, led me to be the man I am today. Far from perfect as I may be, I can attest I’ve done my job to the best of my ability. Just like the Rangers and Mr. Manning had taught and instilled, deep within me.

I don’t know what else to say.

Our profession, though an honorable one, is truly under a raging thunderstorm of a very difficult and lonely time... ——————————— “Yet, mind you. I’m not done. Because, the job ain’t done...”

Mr. Frank Hammer, Texas Ranger