Wednesday, December 16, 2009
After 17 very long weeks, Rosa graduated from the Police Academy. She has been getting up between 2 and 3 AM five days a week to study and prepare for school. She has been beaten by the other officers, tazered, been peppered sprayed, learned to spin a car around without flipping it, run for miles, done thousands of push ups and sit ups, and role played the heck out of some scary situations and survived it all. She is physically worn out and emotionally drained from all the hard work. She could have quit at any time, many others in her class did. Some days she cried from exhaustion and from being endlessly picked by the "boys" in her class. In the end, she was the most talked about in the class speech. She had been the backbone of one of the recruits. She is the one that got him through. I sobbed with tears of pride as she walked on the stage. The minute it was over I ran to find her to wrap my arms around her. I couldn't be any more excited about her future and having her home!