I grew up around a bunch of boys. Tomboy if you will. I always took “Girls CAN’T ….” as a personal challenge. In High School, I tried out for the Varsity Football team and MADE IT! (I have pics if you like) Now.. I stand all of 5’3″ and in HS, weighed 110 lbs. I was a tail back and corner back for our team. (The coach put me out there, so I couldn’t “wimp-out” and try to be a kicker)
I got much more ‘adoration’ than I expected from the other girls in my high school, making me a sort of peer-hero. It didn’t stop there. On May 7th 2010, I will graduate with a degree in Automotive Technology. (Fancy word for “A REAL-LIFE Auto Mechanic”
I weigh about 125 lbs, currently and always get the “stares” from the guys in the class thinking “she’s too petite to be out here in the shop”. Well, with a basic understanding of physics and leverage, you can do ANYTHING, no matter HOW small you are. The “Older” generation instructors of this program have adopted the nickname “Rosie” for me, after the Rosie the Riveter poster of the WWII era. (YES WE CAN!)
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