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Topic: Labor (04/19/04)
TITLE: My Man's Labor of Love
By Leticia Caroccio
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My husband is asleep on the couch. I love to watch him sleep. More than anyone else, I know how hard he works. As a former elementary school teacher he was responsible for molding young hearts and minds. Planning and preparing for lessons was a detailed endeavor. He labored over lesson plans and materials. He labored over classroom management and discipline issues. The fruit of his labor is the love that he receives from students and their parents. Some of his students, now in high school, still come around and bring their report cards, just to see the pride in his eyes.
As a second year Assistant Principal, this former teacher is still the consummate educator. Now he labors over rookie teachers and curriculum guidelines. He is still very connected to his students, their parents and the community. He believes that there is a direct connection between parents, the community and a child’s success in the classroom. His goal is to make sure that, as the saying goes, “It takes a village to raise a child”, he believes that it takes everyone’s combined efforts to educate one, as well.
So everyday, after a full day of meeting the needs of students and their parents, he comes home to be a husband, daddy, son and good neighbor. With the same enthusiasm that drives him to reach great heights in his career, he uses to reach great heights at home and in our marriage.
When I started writing these wonderful Faith Writer’s articles, he noticed just how much I was enjoying it and how much enthusiasm I had for every assignment. I happened to mention that I would like to have my own computer so that I could organize my articles. Usually I share his computer.
My wonderful husband, who has the ability to put a ribbon around my everyday, decided to take my wish to new heights. Not only did he get me my own laptop computer, he did not stop there. He set up a personal office space for me that included a printer/scanner/copier, a digital camera, a palm pilot device and my own phone. It took him three evenings, sometimes late into the night, installing and troubleshooting, to set up my dream office.
The only things he did not supply were the only things that only I could supply: my will to write and my imagination. What he accomplished was to give me freedom and the removal of distractions and even any excuse that could prevent me from writing.
These words that I write are just a small token of my appreciation to my biggest supporter and the biggest fan that I have. Some people say that I am lucky to have a great man in my life but I say that I have been blessed. He is my best friend and confidante. He never tires of doing anything for his family, his students and his staff.
As human beings, we sometimes do the best that we can do for those we love and care for. If we could, we would move mountains and throw them into the sea if it would ensure safety or happiness in their lives. Imagine what the Lord could do for us if we were to put our lives in His hands and trust Him enough to handle our issues and requests. The Lord says that “we have not because we ask not” and He also tells us to make our “requests known to Him”. He longs to give us the desires of our hearts.
My husband took my simple request for a computer and ran with it. My wish was fulfilled to overflowing. Imagine what our Father, through His riches, can do for us.