I never thought I would get a job.

I knew all the information when I took my test.

I should have been able to ace the test without a single worry.

When I got to the testing center, my mind went blank. I couldn’t think of anything but my wife. She was in the hospital, in labor with our first child, and she told me to get out. Even the doctor said it was going to take several hours and I had plenty of time to take the test. I sat there looking at the exam and I answered every question to the best of my ability. I barely passed the test, but it worried me I would never get a job. Nobody wants to hire a newly certified HVAC technician, who passed the certification test by the skin of their teeth. My wife was sure someone would understand what was going on. I failed to tell anyone that my wife was in labor. I worked so hard to get my HVAC certification. I wanted to be a licensed and bonded HVAC technician and be the owner of an HVAC company before my daughter went to kindergarten. Now, I worried about getting a job with a local HVAC company. The idea of being a licensed HVAC company owner had all but been abolished. I put applications into every HVAC company within a ten-mile radius. It was about three months before I finally got a phone call. The owner was looking for an apprentice, and I couldn’t stop smiling. I was finally going to get a chance to be a HVAC technician. He said he would have hired me much earlier had he known my wife was in labor when I took the certification test.


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