My wife, the teacher

I grew up in a family full of teachers. My mom has taught 2nd grade for over 35 years, and her two siblings have very long careers as well. As a result I always saw the toll a school year takes on teachers, and I had no illusions what life would be like when I decided to marry one. But I honestly wouldn’t have it any other way.

Lindsey has had a very long semester. I’m not sure if she would call it a tough semester, because she loves her new school and her students so much. But the reality is we are coming up on a much needed Christmas break for my wife.

Tonight she graded papers until well after midnight, which if you know my wife is shocking. She has half a day with her students tomorrow and then final bookkeeping for the semester. She is tired, she is stressed and we still have a few things to cross off our to-do list. I am praying that she has the strength and energy to get her work done well tomorrow.

I admire teachers so much. Their job is one that is different from most of ours. The dedication to their students that a good teacher shows is amazing, the dedication that a great teacher shows is, well, incredible. I’m proud to say that by all accounts this year my wife is in that second category.

The break will be good for both of us, but I pray that it will be really beneficial for her. I’m looking forward to a restful break for Lindsey. I hope for some mental rest to recharge her batteries for the next semester. She certainly deserves it.

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