The one thing I have learned over the years is that I’m not like a lot of the drivers out on the roads today. Granted, there are still a lot of drivers with my love and respect for trucking, but it seems these days we are further and fewer in between. Today it seems, these so called truck drivers are out here to make a quick buck or it was the last thing they could do to survive.
My Grandfather and I
I wasn’t raised that way. I’m here because I love trucking and I love trucks to the bone. I’ve been around them my whole life, and I could both blame my grandfather and thank him at the same time for where I am today. He was one hell of trucker and I just wish he was around today… I started this post just for my grandfather. But, when I looked at my family as a whole, I could not, not include my father, uncle and husband…
Grandpa in Washington State
Grandpa and his ’75 F Model Mack that he bought brand new. He was leased to Admiral Merchants special Commodities division.
I have my father to thank for where I am today as well… Or maybe he blames himself!? My dad made me who I am out here although I know he NEVER intended for his daughter to be a truck driver. If it wasn’t for all of the teaching he did with me, I know I wouldn’t be the driver I am today. Mad as I was, as a kid, my dad made me back our pick-up for miles using only mirrors when everyone else’s parents were giving them car keys and letting them go on their merry way. I was made to help change oil, do break jobs on my pick up with him, and he taught me to have respect for vehicles. I wouldn’t have the truck I have today or be where I am if it wasn’t for my father. And I wouldn’t change any of that for the world!!
This was my uncle Chris’ first truck. It was a 1968 Freightliner. He told me that my grandpa had stole his truck from him to move this house one weekend so he wouldn’t hurt his own, which sounds like something my grandpa would do…
My Uncle Chris
And lastly I can’t leave out my hubs, whom I have a very unique partnership with. We have matching his and her Peterbilts, which I think is quite unique in this industry and although we don’t work together on a daily basis we are always there for each other. He and I help each other out with working on trucks, billing, paperwork, and everything in between.
When we are both home you can usually find us working on one truck or the other it seems…
Lulu-bell and Rosie