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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Graduation Day! WaaaHooo!!

My most amazing life partner. I love you.
My most amazing life partner. I love you.

This is definitely a benchmark day!

Merrily now has her Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and is a trained professional Over-The-Road (OTR) truck driver.

8 Hard weeks of 10 hour days learning Federal Safety regulations, practicing driving, parking, backing, maneuvering obstacle courses and many hours behind the wheel out on the roads and highways, has earned Merrily a diploma as a professional truck driver.

I am incredibly proud for her in accomplishing this achievement. I went through this 7 years ago and it remains the single hardest thing I have done in my 67 years.

Merrily receiving her diploma
Merrily receiving her diploma
Uh-oh, her nose is turning red.  Tears are not far behind.
Uh-oh, her nose is turning red. Tears are not far behind.

Acceptance speeches can get emotional.

yep, there they are, right on schedule. That is the Lead Class instructor, Chris Chappell. He was also Smith and mine in 2004. Chris is a real personable guy and a great supporter.
yep, there they are, right on schedule. That is the Lead Class instructor, Chris Chappell. He was also Smith and mine in 2004. Chris is a real personable guy and a great supporter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

There she is, Ms America!  The guy in front of her is
There she is, Ms America! The guy in front of her is "Catfish" and beat cancer to go through this class.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations!

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