Tuesday, November 15, 2005

My Wife The Student

I remember being in school staring at the clock and counting down the minutes till the day was over so that I could go home, and that was in Kindergarten. Nothing really changed over the years, I just didn’t like school. My poor study habits, laziness, and lack of performance forced my parents to hire a tutor for me. School was boring. This attitude of mine lasted up until high school. I knew that I wanted to attend college and that the only way I would be able to get into someplace decent was to have good grades and a killer SAT score, so I applied myself. It really wasn’t that difficult, and I graduated at the top of my class. I went to collage had fun, studied hard and graduated Suma Cum Laude. I really shocked the hell out of people.

After my graduation I swore that I would never again step foot into another school. I was able to keep that promise until my kids came along. The very smell of the school’s hallways and classrooms where my kids attend leave me feeling queasy. School has scarred me for life. Because of school, I will not eat eggs unless I make them myself and I won’t go near Spanish rice, but I’ll leave that for another story.

That Said,

My wife has decided to go back to school, a bachelors wasn’t good enough for her. She is truly excited about her decision as am I, but I’m also glad that it’s her and not me. She has my full support because it’s something she is very passionate about. I can be passionate about things too, vacations, the beach, football, my business, but not school. Don’t get me wrong, I think an education is very important and I try to learn things every day, but just not in a structured environment. She’s going to start of slowly by taking some night classes for a year(her prerequisites) which will make it a bit easier for me and the kids, but then it will be full steam ahead, full time baby for two years. Thankfully, Amanda will be in school by then with her other two siblings, so that should make things a little easier. I have a feeling that we’ll be eating Pizza and take-out for a while, which is going to be a big change since my wife spoiled us with her delicious cooking. This is only speculation though, she could very well find the time in her already crazy schedule to cook for us.

I’m sure that I will have some interesting and fun stories to blog about when she starts school (January). For god sake man, it’s going to be me and three kids.

Congrats dear.

8 comments:

Asher Hunter said...

Good for her! Its a wonderful to enact some positive changes in your life. If I had my way, I would never have left school, and would continue to grow and learn for my entire life. :)

BStrong said...

Ash,
I know people that have made being a student their career. School was just never for me.

Belovedlife said...

What a sweet heart....I'll remember every word, when you're going nuts with the kids, while I'm out expanding my brain cells....yes some of us need to always be learning more, lucky for you I'm one of those people. Luv Ya

Lori said...

Wow, what a blessing to have such a supportive husband! And congrats to Beloved Life for having the guts to go for it. I know it will be quite the challenge, but things always go easier when our husbands are supporting our dreams. My guess is that you'll get a pretty good present or two this holiday season! And of course it's never to early to teach the kids to cook. (Or at least microwave like crazy!)

Kim Ayres said...

My school days were not fun and I left as soon as I could, when I was 16. I returned to education 7 years later, passed my "Highers" and then went to University and got me a philosophy degree. The difference was that this second bout of education was on my terms. I chose to be there, and I had the option to walk away if I really wanted to, and that made all the difference.

Interestingly, I have have found that the vast majority of people I know who run their own businesses didn't get on at high school. It seems that those who did well, and learned what was needed to please teachers and the system, can operate in an employee role much better. Those who couldn't take orders as kids, still can't as adults, so have to be the boss because they are all but unemployable.

BStrong said...

BL,
Expand away dear.

Lori,
I have to agree with you, I'm a great husband. As for gifts, I'll probably receive a chefs hat and oven gloves.

Kim,
I have to agree with you. Although I worked for someone else up until 2 1/2 years ago, I feel more complete now being my own boss. I did perform well as an employee and climbed the corporate ladder as high as the company would allow me to climb, but then it started to get boring. I was basically stuck and needed a change. Being self employed was the answer, for now.

angela said...

the windows have changed: instead of staring out into the great outdoors, i'm staring at my laptop screen.

and yes, i'm in class RIGHT NOW.

Stella said...

WTG belovedlife and bstrong - what a team!