My Name’s The Teacher

Well the dawn was coming,
Heard him ringing on my bell.
He said, “My name’s the teacher,
That is what I call myself.
And I have a lesson
That I must impart to you.
It’s an old expression
But I must insist it’s true.

Jump up, look around,
Find yourself some fun,
No sense in sitting there hating everyone.
No man’s an island and his castle isn’t home,
The nest is for nothing when the bird has flown.”

So I took a journey,
Threw my world into the sea.
With me went the teacher
Who found fun instead of me.

Hey man, what’s the plan, what was that you said?
Sun-tanned, drink in hand, lying there in bed.
I try to socialize but I can’t seem to find
What I was looking for, got something on my mind.

Then the teacher told me
It had been a lot of fun.
Thanked me for his ticket
And all that I had done.

Hey man, what’s the plan, what was that you said?
Sun-tanned, drink in hand, lying there in bed.
I try to socialize but I can’t seem to find
What I was looking for, got something on my mind.

Teacher – Jethro Tull

I have had many different jobs in my life. From landscaping to carpentry, foundations to computer repairs, trucking to equipment operating. I have had many bosses, some good, many bad. There have been some jobs where I gave it my all, just to find I was being used and they didn’t really care. Some that care but there’s no future. But the currant company has given me hope that I have found something special.

Through all the trials of my life over the last few years they have been very accommodating, considerate and understanding, more than any company I have ever worked for. Now that my life has settled down some, I want to give something back. That opportunity has presented itself to me.

There is a tremendous shortage of qualified truck drivers in this country. Many people don’t like the idea of being away from home, the long hours, the mental strain and so forth. Many drivers have such a bad driving record most companies can’t hire them. And still more are ready to retire. Now what? Why in house training, that’s what!

This company, like many others, has decided to start a driver training program. Students that have graduated from a CDL school here in Maine will spend 6 to 8 weeks in a truck with a mentor, to help hone their skills in the safe handling of the largest vehicles on the road. All manor of driving conditions, backing situations, traffic conditions and other difficult problems will be addressed during training.

So how do I fit in? Myself and 3 other drivers volunteered to be trainers, and I should get my first student at the end of this month. When I first started driving I had gone to a school and had a mentor also. He was very thorough, patient and fun. I still remember the most important things he taught me, and I think I can pass them along to others and give them the same chance given to me so many years ago.

I hope to inspire them to give it a real chance, show them how it feels to be independent and in charge of your income. How each day, if you pay attention, you can find at least one moment that makes it all worthwhile, one moment that makes you smile, one image burned into your memory.

Like this one…

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Or this one…

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I really look forward to giving back to a company that has given me so much more than a job, they gave me a home, and I say Thank You!

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20 thoughts on “My Name’s The Teacher

  1. Does this mean they will drive like you when cut loose on their own ? 😮

    😉

    Here’s my own pearl of wisdom I’ve had banged into me (literally)..
    Every single time someone has backed into my truck on my left, has done it because of one thing schools aren’t teaching (maybe the driving schools in Maine are different).. They all were using the rear corner of the trailer to guide them, instead of the tandems !!!
    And of course they don’t get out and look either.. By the time the calls are made, pics taken and info swapped is done, they know to use the tandems in the future.. The one thing I can say that is kind of funny, is the look on their face when they slowly roll back with this new knowledge that puts the trailer where they want it.. It’s just a shame that they’ve had to have an accident to learn it from someone.. I tell them I still get out and look if it’s close and hope I never get too confident to think I’m above it..
    Congrats Teach.. Does this mean I should refer to you as the :
    Professor of Professional Pedal Pushing Philosophy and Pitstops
    😊

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  2. ❤ What a beautiful idea!! There's a company here, C.R. England, that trains newbie truck drivers, but they charge the student – tuition and road 'training' time I believe…. your idea of being a mentor is fabulous (and doesn't put strain on a new driver's pocket book…I don't think the pay is great for those new people…at least it wasn't in my hubby's day…sometimes .23 cents per mile was all (not counting fuel and per diem meals..) I like that someone is thinking altruistically and giving back. I hope your student is 'Vinny friendly"… ❤ Drive safe! We need more like you on the roads!

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