I'm going to write about our trip to Arizona for the I-CAN conference soon. We had a great time! In the mean-time I want to share a sweet story with you all.
On our way home from Arizona we had a bit of extra time in the Tucson airport. Jovia and I were sitting at a table in the food court waiting for our lunch when a policeman approached us.
He looked right at Jovia and said, completely seriously:
"I'm so glad you are here! I've been really busy catching bad guys and I need some help. I'm looking for a junior officer, you look like you would be perfect for the job...."
He pauses, waiting for a reaction. Jovia stares at him wide eyed, while I smile and nod encouragingly.
"Would you be willing to help me? Here, I have this badge for you...(digs in his wallet and pulls out a badge sticker) Now, you'll just need to keep an eye out for bad guys and call me if you see any. Do you think you can do that?"
Jovia's eyes get even bigger but a huge smile appears on her face and she says "YES!" He handed us the sticker, said "thanks! call if you see any bad guys!" and walked away waving over his shoulder.
This short interaction, probably a minute long, made such an impression on Jovia. She was so proud, so excited that he chose HER. Of course, I wanted to hug that sweet police officer for making my little girl so happy. She wore her badge proudly and told me multiple times during our travels home "I'm still watching for bad guys mom! I'm gonna be the police when I grow up!" Of course, she changes her choice of future professions daily - she wants to be in the circus, a soccer player, a doctor, a pilot and now a policewoman. :) But I have no doubts that she can be and do anything her heart desires. If she wants to work with the police, Jovia will figure out a way to make that happen!
Even though he'll never read it, I want to say thank you, police officer at the Tucson airport. You made quite the impact on this little girl.