Parker County Today September 2016 - Page 28

MIKE MANNING SEPTEMBER 2016 PA R K E R C O U N T Y T O D AY Mike Manning with granddaughter Blakely 26 Once upon a time there was a rough, tough, Weatherford Police Chief Mike Manning who had a beautiful daughter named Stephanie. That daughter was the center of the universe to Chief Manning. Then Stephanie got married and she became the center of the universe to her husband, also. This did not sit all that well with the chief but he endured with grace, strength and good humor. Then, on March 9, 2014, Blakely Britton was born to Stephanie and her husband. Now the chief has a new center to his universe. The center of the chief’s universe turned 2, last spring. “She has a really wide vocabulary,” Chief Manning said. “She talks a lot but we can’t always tell what the words are.” Blakely calls the chief, “Bop.” “The thing we like most to do together is to watch movies together, Mickey Mouse, Nemo and Monster Inc. are our favorites,” Chief said. “There’s a little girl in Monster Inc. named Boo. We call Blakely, ‘Boo,’ when we’re watching it. She is definitely the center of my universe. It used to be Stephanie, but now it’s Blakely.”