Sunday, May 9, 2010

Police Academy

Getting Ready for GraduationIMG_4474 IMG_4468IMG_4479 Well, if you would have told us that Derin would be graduating from Police Academy, we probably would have laughed.  It is interesting how life takes you to places you didn’t think you would go.  Anyway, Derin’s job required that he become a police officer.  It was an incredibly hard six months of sacrifice, tons of studying and little sleep.  I have to say, it does make me feel safer knowing what police officers have to go through and learn before pledging to protect us.  Overall I believe it was a good experience and I know that Derin learned a lot.  I also know that he is happy that his alarm clock is now set for 5:45 instead of 4 am!  Derin was elected Vice President of his cadet class, so he led us in the opening prayer.  I must say, I was pretty proud of him.  He wrote a beautiful prayer. Michael was PERFECT throughout the entire graduation, (it might have had something to do with the football PawPaw bought him from the gift store) even during the presentation of the flags when the bag piper played.  It was pretty awesome. IMG_4458IMG_4463IMG_4464IMG_4505 IMG_4502

One of the best things about graduation was that it was at the state capitol building in Austin. I haven’t been there in about six years, but the capitol is still as awe inspiring as ever. Grandaddy Dean was a State Representative there so GG showed us where his office used to be.  We then went outside to see Derin’s Great Grandaddy S.B. Nunez’s name on the Firemen memorial statue.  He died in the Texas City Disaster. I think it is awesome how Michael will forever be linked with our state capitol because of his Great Grandaddy and Great Great Grandaddy.  IMG_4449IMG_4517 IMG_4514

So any of you interested in becoming police officers, just know that for six months you will sleep less and study harder than you ever have in your life, but if you finish and graduate, that is definitely  something to be proud of.

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