Officer Commendations

Remember when we had a shooting, so the kids started asking lots of questions about the police?  And how the children responded by making a video about privilege, prejudice, and racism?  And so we, as parents, responded by inviting the police into our neighborhood so the children could meet them and talk with them and ask questions directly?  It was such a good experience for the children, and for the neighborhood community as well!  So much so that the officers who came got commendations from the City of Tulsa, and we were invited to City Hall to help the Mayor give their awards!

We also were able to present our book, Keeping Kyrie, to each of the city council members as well!

This camera man was so kind to the children, taking time to entertain them before the meeting started, letting them see how the camera works and really make them comfortable before the evening began.  We really appreciated him!  Kudos to this team, I think channel 6.

You can see what a charmer Alex was the whole time.  The meeting was getting ready to start, and the council lady and someone else came to ask us if we had any questions before it began.  Alex raised his hand and loudly asked, “Where can I go to pass some gas?”

Sigh.  So close, buddy.  So close.

Then the mayor came, and Kirk was excited to meet him since they are “twinkies”.   Kirk is very proud to be the mayor’s mini-me, and told him all about wearing a suit to school on free dress day.

Mary and Kirk handed the awards to the officers, and even Anber was brave enough to go up there!

We are so grateful for these officers, and their kindness in taking time to connect with the children of our neighborhood community!  We really appreciate them!

Thank you, city of Tulsa, for letting us learn about city council tonight!

About Emily

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2009. I serve as a Chaplain, and work as a counselor. I got bilateral cochlear implants in 2010, but will always love sign language. I choose books over television, and organics over processed. Nothing is as close to flying as ballroom dancing - except maybe running, when in the solo mood. I would rather be outside than anywhere else, especially at the river riding my bike or kayaking. PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and currently doing a post-doc in Jewish Studies and an MDiv in Pastoral Counseling. The best thing about Emily World is that it's always an adventure, even if (not so) grammatically precise. The only thing better than writing is being married to a writer. Nathan Christensen and I were married in the Oklahoma City temple on 13 October 2012, and have since fostered more than eighty-five children. We have adopted the six who stayed, and are totally and completely and helplessly in love with our family. Nathan writes musical theater, including "Broadcast" (a musical history of the radio) and an adaption of Lois Lowry's "The Giver". He served his mission in South Korea, has taught song-writing in New York City public schools, and worked as a theater critic for a Tucson newspaper. This is not an official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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