I am very proud of my wife. When we were dating, she was finishing up her internship (and her bachelor’s degree). We moved to Ohio, and she started her career as a video producer. I had told her to not worry about where she found a job. If she got a starting job, that paid more than I was making as a school teacher, I would move. I didn’t think that a first-time video producer would make a lot more than a school teacher that was heading into their tenure year, was making. I was wrong, so off to Ohio, we would go. My wife did video production for an advertising agency for five years. At the end of the tie with the advertising agency, she had an experience that changed things.
Our daughter was outside playing at my parent’s house. She fell and hurt her knee. She ran past my wife, my mother, and my sisters to her dad to fix the boo-boo. My wife decided she wanted more children and that she wanted to come home and not work for a while. From 1996 to roughly 2008, my wife’s career was staying at home mom. That is a career in and of itself. The transition for us was tough as I took a job that would later be more focused on travel. It wasn’t at. First, I was responsible for several customers in Cincinnati, Ohio. The traveling started when we moved back to Indiana. But that was also the time period that the twins arrived. There are many stories there, but not for today.
My wife, in 2008, decided that she wanted to go back to work. But, she no longer wished to be in advertising. She didn’t want to be in video production either. Her long-held dream from the time she was a little girl to be a therapist. She applied for and was accepted to the Indiana University School of Social Work. She was starting her college career a little later than most people do. At the time, I was traveling, so there were many evenings when our daughter ended up watching the twins. I was out of town, my wife was in school, and I have to be honest it was a stressful time. The funny part of this story is that when we moved to Maryland, all my wife had left for her degree was the internship she was going to do in Maryland.
Funny, when we met, she was doing an internship. When we moved away from Indiana, she was doing an internship!
These pictures are from her graduation from the IU School of Social Work. She was allowed to walk, even though she technically wouldn’t finish her degree until the internship was completed.