This blog challenge has me showing a lot of gratitude around the workplace and my professional circles lately, and that's great, but the person who's work I'm most grateful for is my husband.
Tyler is a corn and soybean farmer, a part-time rural mailman, and a winter season semi-driver. He is also my personal mechanic, landscaping service, house cleaner, health food chef, and travel agent. And the man has a degree in journalism and TEFL certification, so he's not a bad conversationalist, either.
Seriously, I don't think there's anything my husband can't do if he puts his mind to it.
And I take him for granted pretty much every single day. I hear women complain about husbands who don't do much around the house, and I feel instant guilt because my dude does at least 80% of household duties while I read stuff, grade papers, and wallow in new levels of self-absorbtion.
In the past month my husband has: planted a full windbreak for our acreage, done the landscaping around our driveway and house, harvested all the crops, prepared our drafty farmhouse for winter by sealing windows, managed my Roth IRA, started planning the logistics of our next travel adventure, plugged his way diligently through the Divergent series so I could talk about it with him, and so on.
The man doesn't stop. He is my number one inspiration because he is always striving to be better in some way. I am grateful for everything he does, not just because I benefit directly from most of it, but because I know I would not be the person I am without him.
I teach 7th and 8th grade English in rural Iowa and hope to reflect, connect, and share with other English teachers. Iowa Council of Teachers of English Executive Board member. Iowa Writing Project superfan. UNI MA:TESS graduate.