Delay CDL School...good Decision???

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Jmart's Comment
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So, today life happened and I have to delay my school arrival for a week. I had a family emergency arise (putting down our family dog of 10 years). I felt being here for my family to support them and have support was important enough to delay my start. I hope it was a good decision. This was not expected.

Jim F.'s Comment
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Man I am so sorry. I love my dogs too, so I feel your pain as only a pet lover can.

000's Comment
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I wouldn’t fret over delaying anything for a week. There are priorities that demand our attention. So long as you’re conscience is clear, whatever happens is always on you anyway. Sorry for your family’s loss.

Old School's Comment
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I hope it was a good decision. This was not expected.

It's not a problem. You did what you needed to do. One of the biggest problems with this career is the forced division of labor that it imposes on a family. My wife now takes care of things that she never wanted to have to deal with. It frustrates me that I'm not there when she needs me. It's something every trucking family learns to deal with. Trucker's wives are some of the most resourceful women. They are remarkable.

Last year one of our dogs was in the final stages of breast cancer. While I was on home time I decided to have her put down. It was tough, but I didn't want my wife to find her dead one morning and then be forced to deal with it. The dog was experiencing labored breathing, and the vet told me he honestly didn't think she'd last another two weeks. I was glad to help my wife by going ahead and dealing with it while I could.

What you did won't hurt your chances at this career, it's only a small delay. I suggest you look at the whole experience as a lesson in the ways this career can impose it's own demands and change into a family's basic structure. All families gravitate to their own natural division of labor. The forced absence of a spouse brings a sometimes violent change to that natural order.

Jmart's Comment
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Thank you all for your support.

Old School, I appreciate the words of advice.

Jmart's Comment
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Everything worked out. I will start school in two weeks!

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