My friend is one of the school nurses in our district. She travels from school to school. Yesterday, she was at the middle school and Big Sis came in to see her. Big Sis and the nurse's daughter are great friends, just like her mom and I were at that age. I love it. Anyhow, Big Sis said to the nurse, "My dad passed!" The nurse answered, "Oh great, I didn't know if I'd heard that!" Her daughter scolded her, "MOM! Why are you acting happy that her dad passed away??? That's horrible!" Both the nurse and Big Sis laughed. The girl thought her friend's dad had died and her mom wasn't sympathetic enough.
It turns out, Hubby passed his state police exam! He is now trained and qualified to be a police officer! He sat on pins and needles for two days, waiting to get the phone call. We were doing an inspection at one of our tenant's apartments when he found out. We explained to her that Hubby was expecting a very important phone call and would step out if he received it. By the way, we call her Crazy Lady because she is one fry shy of a Happy Meal. So, Hubby got the call and stepped outside into the snow. I had to stand there talking to Crazy Lady about her bad teeth and iron levels while I was dying to be by Hubby's side. He walked in the door, right past me and said, "OK, what do we have here...?" I called his name and he ignored me. I said, "Did you pass?" He ignored me again. The unthinkable finally hit me...he must have failed! I didn't think there was any chance he would fail...he studied his tail off! So I rephrased my question, You failed?" He looked back at me, pointed at my face, and said exuberantly, "No, I did not!" I exclaimed, "You passed?!?!?" He replied, "Yep!" I gave him a playful slug on the arm, upset that I couldn't properly congratulate him. This moment was a couple years in the making and we had to spend it with Crazy Lady and her crazy dog!!!
He breezed through the inspection and came back into the empty adjoining duplex. I was able to give him a big hug and talk for a few seconds. We had a new tenant arriving briefly to fill the vacant apartment. It was not the magical moment I had hoped for, but since the results were positive, that's all I cared about!
Now he's up to his armpits in background and security checks. Our local department wants to take him on part time! He knows everyone down there and they all love him. One of the female cops he knows well is pregnant and taking a break from patrol. They've moved her into the detective bureau and she's the one assigned to his case. She's coming over next week to interview me. I'm kind of nervous about it...I tend to ramble when I get nervous and I try to be funny. I'm scared I'll end up saying something stupid.
It's amazing the things they need to know about you to be a cop. I'm glad though...if all the cops in my community passed a thorough check like this, they all must be pretty decent people! They need to know every car accident you've ever been involved in, all your financial information, every job, every home, and they require a list of contacts. They will interview our family, friends, and neighbors. I guess that's not too big of a deal for a 21-year old...but when you're 41, you have a lot more history to go through!
Anyway, we are both so relieved that it's all over! It's actually weird having him here in the evenings and on weekends! I know that will all change again when he's working a second job, but at least he'll finally be getting paid for it!
When I announced this on Facebook, I got some of the most positive and comforting comments. They really meant a lot to me! A lady from church said she has been praying for him recently and didn't know why. Another said she will be praying a hedge of protection around him. Several people mentioned they will pray for his protection. I was blown away by the support!
The 8-year old boy who lives inside my husband is finally getting his dream come true. He's a policeman.