Bill Stockle: Never |

Bill Stockle: Never

I wrote the following piece decades ago when I was an active police officer for the City of Berkeley. It’s a variation on a story from the Vietnam era. It’s entitled, “Never.”

When you first became a police officer I complained so loudly of the hours, the danger, and the bad days off, I thought you would pay me back in kind.

But you never did.

When you were sleeping late after working a double and my friends and I woke you up, I thought you would really lay into me.

But you never did.

When it was my turn to take care of the house and I didn’t, I thought you would not let me forget it.

But you never did.

When I was in a particularly bad mood and ripped into you, I thought you would fight back.

But you never did.

When you got a new partner and I was very jealous and distrustful, I thought you would stop speaking to me.

But you never did.

When things were particularly rough between us, I thought you would leave.

But you never did.

When your Watch Commander showed up on our doorstep, with his cap in hand, and a tear in his eye, I thought of these things and many others that I wanted to share with you, and say “thanks” to you when you got home tonight.

But you never did.

Bill Stockle, Berkeley Police Department, retired

Nevada City

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