Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Good Work On The Birthday Front State Troopers!

We all know that wearing a shield is danger fraught
Something so innocent as a traffic stop could get you shot
The motto and slogan has two parts to protect and  to serve
Protect is easy as it involves giving the bad guys what they deserve
But the serve part is more complex and calls for a wider range of skills
 If not performed well community relations quickly go down hill
In Hot Springs, Arkansas, fortunately the State Troopers have those skills
A boy’s wish for a birthday party they were able to fulfill
21 invites to a ten year old’s celebration a mom sent out
Five were supposed to show up but on the big day zero was the count
Birthdays for adults are not a big deal unless you are getting up in years
But for a ten year old a lot of disappointment and probably some tears
Mom posted on her Facebook account her son’s sad tale
Probably cursing herself that as a mom she thought she had failed
Two days later there was a knock on the door
Loud enough not to ignore
Five State Troopers not with a warrant to serve or  guns drawn
But to celebrate with presents and a cake stepping up from the lawn
Somehow they had learned of the birthday party that went so flat
And good for them they acted to remedy that
For an hour or so shooting baskets with the boy
Munching cake and watching him with their gifts enjoy
This is a story of a community that reaffirms one’s belief in the inherent goodness of mankind
Yet another way that “to serve” to the joy of a ten year old was happily defined
© April 12, 2016, Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet 
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