Saturday, October 6, 2012

Police Departments, Policemen, and a 94-year old friend


Police Departments, Policemen and 94-year old friend

-The other day I went to Jim Miller's Photography in Floresville. I like Jim. I met him 4 years ago. He is a good photographer. He took the pictures out at my family reunion in 2008, at the Floresville City Park by the San Antonio River.

-Jim is running for city council in Floresville. We need something good to happen to our city government and we need it fast. The politics here are so terrible, and people have been slinging mud as they say, and the Internet makes it worse. But people need to be careful, because all your dirty laundry is out there for everyone to see. I think Jim Miller is one man who can change things for good. I had gone by to get a sign from Jim, to put in our yard. I hope he wins. He will be a great councilman.

- When I went it, I saw Jim in the back room and as soon I came in the door, he called out to me. "Hi Lois, come on in". I didn't even know he knew who I was. I asked him if I was interrupting something, because I saw three men with him.

-He said, "No we are just discussing crime in Floresville."

-I found out that there was the police chief, and two of his policemen in there. I joined them. I got to hear all about crime in Floresville, the statistics from the last few years. And where the most crime occurs and what most of the crime is. Well, of course it is drugs.

-I got to hear how the police department needs more policemen. They are short handed - especially since the Eagle Ford oil boom. Floresville is growing by leaps and bounds. I can attest to that. Traffic out on Hwy 181 is terrible.

-The only place I can drive in the "slow lane" these days are in the residential areas, like ours.

- When they finished I introduced myself, and finally met the police chief face to face and his men, and told them where we lived. They agreed with me, that we live in peaceful. And there hardly is any crime out here. Thank you Lord.

-Policemen and women have a hard job. They put their lives in dangerous situations all the time. I applauded the police chief and his men for the good jobs they are doing and I am so glad I got to meet them in person. And it was a positive situation!

-Brad Parker, my grandson is going to be a Ft. Worth Policeman next week. He is graduating from the Ft.Worth Police Academy next Friday. I will be there. Brad has already put his life on the line, having done two tours in Iraq and a Marine.  He knows what he is facing. He has a wife and Kendall and two little girls, Ava and Allie. I have never stopped praying for Brad and his little family, and I will continue to pray for them forever.

-I called Eleanora Talley this week to see if she would for us to take her out to lunch some day. She loved the idea. So when Julie and Liz get back from Jettie's, our hair stylist, we are going to go over and pick Eleanora up and take her to lunch. I think we are going to Laguna’s up on Hw 181. Eleanora is such a sweet little old lady. I can call her that, because she is even older than me!! She is 94. Her daughter lives with her. Sandra has been the one constant thing in Eleanora’s life since Troy, Eleanor’s husband died many years ago. I don’t know what she would have done without Sandra. She takes care of her mama. I got to know Eleanora when I did a story about her two years ago. I am so blessed to have her for my friend. She is so bright, chipper and has a fantastic memory! She has had quite an interesting life.

-As usual, if I want to have a life - I am the one that has to do it. So I am not bored as long has I have the sense to plan something. But it beats me why no one else plans things and invites us. Why doesn't anyone ever call us and ask "You want to go to lunch today?" or "I am going to eat lunch at Jack's Cafe or Delilah's  - so do you want to meet me there". Well, I have always been a leader or a go-getter, so I will do that till the day I die. But then I am the oldest of 8 kids, and some people think I am bossy. So be it. I have learned if you want something, go out and get it. Don’t wait around for things to come to you. And make things happen!