December 09, 2014

That time your husband gets his PhD


Last Friday, Adam -- my brilliant husband -- defended his dissertation. I am so incredibly proud of him. So, I thought I'd do what most supportive, doting wives with a blog do when their handsome husbands get their PhD -- write him a very public "I'm proud of you note!" Here goes:
Dr. Adam,

Oh yes. Get use to that greeting. You deserve it. Look, I know that we joke a lot that I'm "really" a doctor because I have my J.D. (aka "Juris Doctor") but baby, you really sealed the deal. Watching you present on Friday, I fell even more in love with you. Not because the science was riveting -- I mean, let's be honest, I didn't understand most of it. No, I fell even deeper in love with you because I finally got to see you in your element. 

At home you often tell me boatloads of scientific information that I politely listen to and then promptly forget. But Doctor, you had an entire room transfixed. It became clear to me that while I don't have the capacity to understand everything you do, there are people are there just as smart as you and guess what -- they ADORE you! They laughed at your jokes. They told me how proud I should be. They nodded their heads as you spoke. For once, I got to see you in a room of your own peers and I was blown away at the respect they all had for you. You really are one of them -- the ├╝ber smart people that to the rest of the world, just speak gibberish.
Suddenly, I realized how lucky I am that you decided to choose me -- a decidedly unscientific person -- to spend your life with. Sure, I took Advanced Chemistry in high school, but that shit nearly killed me. And yes, I took Physics I and II in college, but I think I'd rather sleep on a bed of hot coals than do that crap again. Even though your brain is constantly teeming with so much knowledge that it's scary, you take the time to watch Once Upon a Time with me (which you hate) and discuss plot lines. You also humor me in photoshoots for Christmas cards and listen intently when I tell you about blogger drama. I love you. I do. So much. There aren't words for it. I don't understand why someone as smart as you -- someone with so many options to go anywhere in the world and do research on whatever you wanted -- would decide to settle down in Little Rock, Arkansas and be goofy with me. 

I don't know why you did it, but I will be grateful every single day that you did. I love you Mr. PhD. Thank you - for being you and for choosing me. 

                                                                                   I gerple you my universe,

                                                                                   -Tom (aka Kate)

25 comments :

  1. I love this! Congrats Dr. Adam! A fabulously huge achievement!

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  2. This is so sweet. Congratulations, Dr. Adam "Florken"! This is incredible. And just as you, Kate, are lucky that he chose you, he's also so clearly lucky that you chose him.

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  3. I love all of this - you are too cute! Congratulations Dr. Adam!

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  4. This is too sweet! Congratulations!!

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  5. Congrats Adam! So great to see hard work paid off and real people following their passions!

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  6. Very sweet, Congrats! What an amazing accomplishment!

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  7. CONGRATULATIONS!!! But really, this letter is the most adorable thing ever... Especially when I realize how much I feel the EXACT same way about Jason and his work. It's so smart and technical and, while I don't have a CLUE what any of them are talking about, it is amazing to see him thrive in a community of fellow computer geniuses.

    So thrilled for both of you!

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  8. What an amazing achievement! Congratulations Adam! And to you too Kate, you both took this journey.

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  9. Congratulations! This is a great announcment - and well deserved!

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  10. Oh so sweet. Congratulations Adam!

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  11. Oh my goodness, cutest letter ever! Way to go Adam!

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  12. Yay Adam!!! This is just the sweetest and you two make the greatest pair.

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  13. Congratulations, Adam!! That's awesome!
    And you two make a great couple!

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  14. i love this and congratulations to him!!! isn't it incredible to see our loves in their element and just kicking ass?! too true about falling more in love right at that moment!

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  15. Congratulations Dr. Adam Florken!!!!!!! Such a humongous achievement!

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  16. Congratulations to Dr. Adam! I'm sure all that it took to achieve this incredible distinction is even further over my head than it is yours, Kate, but I'm thrilled for both of you! How wonderful that you were able to have this experience with Adam too, and that you guys have opened this next chapter in your lives just in time to relax and enjoy the holidays. Congrats again!

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  17. Congrats to the Doc!!! I know how proud you feel, My sis in Australia is but months away from hers and I cannot wait. Proud of Adam and proud of you (hey you were the wifey who stuck by his side through the Im sure long nights of working on that doctoral thesis ...)

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  18. Awh. That is just awesome. Congratulations Doc! You folks are amazing. Brilliant, talented, and just so lovely. :) All the best!

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