Thursday, June 10, 2010

best laid plans

She was done. She had four children and had spent somewhere around 13 years married to a man who is very skilled at being a real stubborn pain in the ass.

My grandpa has high expectations and isn't afraid to let his kids (and grandkids) know it. He is rarely delicate and often abrasive.

Grandma decided to go back to college and get a good enough job to support herself. She had a long-term plan, and it was to leave him. (Or so says family lore.)

She got her bachelor's degree. Then she went on to get her elementary school teaching credential. Meanwhile, her husband helped with the kids while she was in school. He fixed dinners of mac-and-cheese and tuna. He got up nights with their youngest son when he was sick. He worked as a principal and was proud of his wife for finishing school and becoming a teacher.

And during those few years something she didn't expect happened. She remembered why she loved him. She remembered that he is a good man, even if he isn't easy to live with. She didn't leave him.

She taught for 15 years before she retired.

5 comments:

Ms. Moon said...

Just goes to show, doesn't it?

Sarcastic Bastard said...

Sometimes things just work out in life.

What a great story.

All This Trouble... said...

I agree. Go, Grandma!

Mwa said...

I love this story!

Bethany said...

This gave me goosebumps. Good for grandpa for steppping up.Grandma rocks. See what happens when we take control of our own lives and follow our bliss? Wow!!!!
Thanks for sharing this Steph.