Saturday, March 3, 2012
My contributions to my husband's career
I like to think of myself as a loving and supportive wife. Ok, so I am a stay-at-home mom a.k.a sponge. He makes the money and I spend it. Through the years of our marital bliss and his career growth, I feel I have contributed in significant ways. My first boost to his career occurred while he was on a marketing trip to Cleveland. As he was introduced to a young female executive, he commented that Cleveland is my favorite city. She expressed surprise until he explained that I went to John Carroll University. Turns out she was a classmate of mine. She asked about my maiden name. Upon learning my identity, she exclaimed "Barb settled down?! I mean, congratulations!". See? My love of the Mistake on the Lake created a bonding moment with a potential client. My second major contribution was more about what I didn't say. Shortly after our move to South Bend, my husband sprung a faculty dinner on me at the last minute. I guess the last minute notice cut down on my griping about having to get dressed up and make chit chat with business professors. Upon my arrival, I was handed a glass of chardonnay and introduced to Fr. Hessberg. For people who have no idea who he is, don't feel bad. Turns out, everything on campus is named after him. I almost blurted out "I thought you were dead!". I stopped myself and swiftly change the subject to something other than his premature demise. See? I can be a great trophy wife. My third contribution to my husband's career advancement came this week. Paul was trying to sell a program to a company and the subject of sales came up. My husband thought it would be a great idea to reference the sales tactics used in "Tommy Boy", the best movie ever. Rather than admit I have forced him to sit through it numerous times, he started singing "Fat Guy In A Little Coat" and blamed me. He also mentioned that our son's nickname is "tons of fun". I guess it sealed the deal. I may not win clients over with my wit, charm and grace. I win them over with my college antics, ability to shut up sightly before offending a cherished member of the clergy and my knowledge of random movie trivia. Like me, you are probably wondering why he invites me to work functions.