Presidents Message

 

 

 

 

Greetings SDCPOA membership,

I had planned to send out a President’s Message addressing the various topics and concerns we are facing in our department and association.  I wanted to give you an update on what work we have been doing since last time I wrote to you all.  But then the Texas shooting happened. There are no words to express what I felt when I first saw the news alerts of what had just occurred. Again? From a supermarket to a church, and now, yet again a school.

The first and only thing I could think of was to reach out to my son.  Even though this tragic event occurred hundreds of miles away in another state, I wanted to know if he was ok.  Of course, he gave me the typical puzzling teenager answer that he was fine.  I told him I loved him and went about with the rest of my duties. What’s my point? This tragedy caused me to react out of hurt and fear of the events that occurred just two days ago in Uvalde Texas.  I was fearful for his safety and wanted to express, if for no other reason, that I loved him.  I know my reaction was not unique.  I have talked to several of you who did the exact same thing.

Regardless of political party, religious views, or personal/professional agendas, we all agree on this point.  Children, elementary school kids’ innocent lives were taken in an act of evil.  Also, teachers trying to protect those school children’s lives were taken in the same act of evil.  And we cannot forget the officers who were shot trying to stop a madman’s attack on the innocent or the images they saw.  It affected me and immediately caused me to check on my 18-year-old senior at Granite Hills. The same school where a shooting also took place in 2001 over two decades ago and the same month and year another San Diego school shooting took place. 

I realized very quickly my reaction was not unique.  I was discussing this with a coworker as they went from a discussion of fact to wiping tears away.  I want you to know, you or maybe someone close to you could be hurting the same way.  I want to acknowledge the grief that you my friends, coworkers, and family may be feeling right know.  It is ok to not be ok.  Coming from someone who has had to deal with my own hurts and struggles, I was never alone and was supported by many of you who may be reading this now. We talk about mental health awareness, clinicians, counselors but please realize you could also be that ear to simply listen to someone’s hurts. 

I realize many of you reading this may say this does not apply to me.  And for many of us it may be true.  And that is ok.  But to be frank and honest, it was a coworker one day who asked me a simple question and gave me their undivided attention in the inquiry that allowed me to be open and honest about my own personal life circumstance.  That question was simply, “How are you doing Shannon?”  I don’t believe he was fishing, or even expected my reaction to a question that many of us ask every day to even the most random person.  But the genuine attention he gave to the response was what gave me a chance to be open.

What is my point?  Many of us don’t realize, myself included, that we don’t always catch those opportunities to check on each other.  There is nothing more important than each and every one of you.  If you have been affected by this world around us, find someone.  Don’t do life alone!  It is ok to grieve.  It is ok to not be ok.  And let’s all check on the most important part of this job, career, and association.  Which is the people that it is made of. 

Sincerely,

Shannon Edison

SDCPOA President

 
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