Behind every good man, there's a good woman.
That's what "they" say, though I have no idea who they are.
Certainly, not every good man comes with a good woman by his side - any woman, for that matter - but that's up to him. It's not a rule.
OK, this is getting to a spot where I won't be able to back out of anything, so I'm stopping here. What I am headed for is simply this: National Police Week is May 9 to 15. There is a Fort Dodge Women's Police Auxiliary, and has been for five years, give or take. I never knew that.
I should have known it - remembered it - since I wrote a bit about the Auxiliary cookbook before Christmas last year. But that knowledge slipped right out of my mind, I guess, because when my friend Rhonda Nelson told me about the Auxiliary, it was as if she were speaking Greek.
Well, she'd be speaking Italian since she's manager at Fazoli's.
Whenever someone starts discussing something I should remember, I actually try to make it look like I know what they're talking about. With this, I couldn't even pretend. I don't pretend well enough. And this isn't a group I should forget.
The Auxiliary met last Tuesday to start working on a summer cookout for the boys at Rabiner Treatment Center. In the past, they've filled bags with Halloween treats for the boys and provided Easter baskets. Nobody is ever too big for a chocolate bunny.
Now they're working on the cookout. It's one of the ways they stand behind the police association, which stands behind the Rabiner center.
"We support our husbands totally in what they do," Nelson said. "We support them and we're here for them."
It's a good bet the "here for them" this year will include a raft of cookies or bars or anything they can bake, and likely these things will be baked from recipes in the cookbook.
"They're awesome recipes," Nelson said. "They're real easy."
Awesome and easy. Easy and awesome. That's a powerful combination when it comes to baking.
Nelson said she doesn't watch cop shows on television. She can worry enough, right here in Dodge, so she doesn't need to see what some writer can think up as she wonders what her husband, Quint, is doing.
"Sometimes it's scary," she said. And now her son, Cameron, wants to join the force. He plans on taking classes at Iowa Central Community College, then continuing at Buena Vista. She has a cousin who's a policeman, too.
She should make an awful lot of those cookies that say "We're behind you all the way." Or maybe she'll just give them all breadsticks.
For those breadsticks, I'd join the police force.
So long friends, until the next time when we're together.
Contact Sandy Mickelson at (515) 573-2141 or firstname.lastname@example.org