He did it. He came home. I wasn't worried at all last night, but then 6 am came and went. Then 7. Finally, almost at 8 am he came walking through the door. I just had to shake my head. Of course, 2 hours after his shift is supposed to end he comes home, and I also realized that he won't always be able to call or send a text message to say how long he'll be or that he is running late. This has happened as a dispatcher, and with a security job he had previously. But this felt different. My mind thought of the possibilities. "He's writing a report, he's talking with other officers, he's dealing with an incident, OMG he's hurt! He's at the hospital!" In actuality, he was at the station until 7 am, and then one of his academy buddies called him to come over on his way home. I mentioned that that could've been a good time to send a quick little text so that I wouldn't worry. He just smiled at me. I smiled back.
Here's something I recorded last night: It's almost 1:30 in the morning, and I'm not asleep yet. I've been hoping to hear from HF. I finally got a text that said, "I love being a cop!" He said he got to assist on a traffic stop where the driver got out of the car. He noticed the driver getting upset, throwing his arm out the window and going, "COMEON!" Then the driver got out. I asked him what he did. He said he blinded the driver with his light while his FTO shouted orders to the driver. He said that he stood in the driver's blind spot on the passenger side and shined the flashlight in his mirrors so that it blinded the driver. His FTO left him there by himself and he said that he had to pee really bad and that he naturally wanted to look over at what his FTO and another officer were doing, but he kept his eye on the driver. He loved it.
So there you have it. His first.
And I can't stop smiling.
I wonder if it's like other firsts. Tying your shoes for the first time. Riding a bike. Getting your drivers license, etc. I'm happy for him. He'll still have to pay his dues, but he is well liked and respected by the others, they've known him for a long time and have been wanting him to become a cop for a long time, so this isn't just a special time for HF. It's meaningful to many in the department. He has a unique situation here. Many of them will be at his graduation. We feel blessed in our situation.
Tomorrow. FINAL written and physical exams.
Friday. Sworn in. (I hope I can go to that?)