|M, Master of Structural Engineering|
My husband has a lot of experience in this department. He had a position that was just this close to his dream job, at a firm that supported him through brain cancer, through our wedding... his boss was a friend, mentor, and ally. And then the market crashed, investors pulled the plug on the thousands of construction projects, large and small, that kept M's industry going, and he lost his job. That was a few weeks before the girls were born.
...it was also three months before he had enough work experience to take a major licensing exam that would improve his prospects exponentially.
For a year, my husband searched and searched for work. He even had a job for a day- one day- when his employer learned that he was on anti-seizure drugs as a result of his brain surgery... and he lost the job.
He finally got a job, right around the girls' first birthday.
|We didn't bring the girls- it was cold and rainy.|
He worked seventy to eighty hour weeks.
|I managed to sit where we could make eyes at each other|
He left our house at four in the morning, worked all day, and then drove past our house, back up to school. And he stayed there and studied. And then he came home, slept for about four or five hours, and did it again.
On weekends as well.
When he finally got a job that took him out of Gary and put him back into his actual field and area of expertise, it was in a chaotic crunch for a deadline. He went from working seventy hours a week at the mill to working seventy hours a week downtown, engineering what I believe will be the second tallest building in Europe once it's completed. He loved the work, but it gave him so much less time to study. There just weren't enough hours in the day to keep up the pace. And still, he kept at it.
|I love this man.|
For a remarkable amount of the last year and half, my husband has hardly seen his children. They all live under the same roof, but more days than not M has been out of the house before the woke up and didn't return until well after bedtime. But whenever he could be he has been here, and his children have never doubted for an instant that they are the most important thing in his world.
My husband is a brain cancer survivor, and he still has some problems relating to that cancer. He has a lowered seizure threshold. He has nerve damage in one leg.
What he accomplished would have been a remarkable feat for anyone.
On Saturday, my husband received his Master's degree.
|M with Grandpa and Grandma|
Nobody could have done more. Nobody else could have been everything that M has been to this family. Nobody besides him could have possibly believed that with all of the things he had done... all the work, all the studying, all the sleep deprivation.... that it wasn't enough. That they didn't do enough.
It was more than enough.
I am more proud of my husband than I can say.
Congratulations, M. You earned this.
You are enough for this family. And we are so grateful to have you back again.
And we love you more than you can possibly know.
|I love this man.|
...he is both a giant and a genius. And he is the most important thing in my world.