'Reach for your dreams' is not just advice we tell
Today a 91 year old woman crossed something big off
her bucket list.
News 8's Madalyn O'Neill has the story.
Louise Spencer turns 92 in about a week but that
didn't stop her from getting behind a 18-wheel tractor
trailer truck for the first time today at a driving
range on Minnesota State College Southeast's campus.
With the help of a nonprofit organization that helps
seniors realize their dreams, she went from an assisted
living facility to a driving range.
That's a big change .
but nothing gets in the way of Louise.
Louise Spencer may be 91 NAT TRUCK .
but she's got a long road ahead of her.
It's just always been something in me that wanted
to do it.
And 18 wheels to help her on her way.
I think trucks, now no ones going to agree with me
i don't imagine, but I think they're beautiful.
Spencer's not the usual suspect you'd see behind the
wheel of a big rig .
but when director of the nonprofit organization JUMP
asked seniors at her assisted living facility about
their bucket lists ...
Louise spoke up and said i'd like to drive a truck
and right when it came out of her mouth my jaw dropped,
we've done skydiving racecar driving sailing, never
had anyone go truck driving.
My husband drove truck when i was a young mother.
and I wanted to drive at that time.
of course i couldn't.
it wasn't legal for me to drive that truck .
Back in her day not many women drove trucks like this
but times are shifting, and now ...so is she.
NAT: am i giving it gas? my foot seems to be in the
According to Louise's driving instructor, she's a
She's just a spark plug, she's wound up on it it's
i just feel whatever i want to do i can do it if it's
humanly possible and i think i can unlss these tight
jeans are gonna keep me from it, I think I can stretch
my legs and get up there.
keeping it between the dtiches i guess....
but never nervous.
Yes well when you get this old you do what you have
Even just cheering her on from sidelines .
it's clear that she .
and her can do spirit .
NAT beep and cheers.
will keep on trucking.
What would we do without trucks? they keep us moving.
In Winona, MO, N8
Louise says she's not sure about her next adventure
quite yet, but she'd love to go to one more Mary Kay
cosmetics convention if she can make it.
The director of non-profit organization that helped
organize today's lesson says next year, he'd like
to see Louise take the truck out on the interstate.