A True Hero

, , , , | Related | February 14, 2020

(We are at a Christmas party with all of our family and friends around. My cousin is very much a follow-the-rules type, except for this one incident.)

My Mom: “[Cousin], how did getting your federal clearances go?”

Cousin: “It went okay, up until the part where they ask if you any wrongdoing in your past. I got a bit nervous because the only thing I could think of was when I was in high school. I taught my whole class to learn sign language to help get everyone through an extremely tough test that wasn’t even a part of the curriculum. We signed helping each other out through the test. So, basically, I cheated and helped everyone else cheat. I was terrified when I had to admit this in the clearance reviews.”

Cousin’s Dad: “While we don’t condone this behavior, I was rather impressed that she taught the whole class another form of communication.”

Me: “Well, did you pass your clearance exam?”

Cousin: “I did! It took a while to get the report to come, but I now have a security clearance.”

(Apparently, the officer was impressed with her and said that was nowhere near as bad as some other stories they have heard. All’s well that ends well, and now she stops cybercrime.)

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