If you are tired of hearing me talk about how amazing I think my husband is, you should probably not read any further.
I warned you.
After 611 days in The Program, school can get a little depressing. So much work to do, so many late nights, just hanging on till the end, and that's just how I feel. Andrew is the one actually in school. It's easy to get bogged down and feel like August is light years away. Will we ever get an actual paycheck again? And then how many of those will it take to pay off these student loans? Remembering that there are only 296 days to go helps, but only so much. Today I had a wonderful little reality check.
On Friday evening we're heading up to Spokane for the night so that on Saturday Andrew can sit on the interviewing committee for the applicants to the Medex Spokane Class of 2013. That's pretty cool. Just two short years ago (and also the year before that), Andrew was the one being interviewed, so it's really cool to see him on the other side of the table now.
But today I visited the online Physician Assistant forum that has a section for new applicants and I relived those weeks back in 2008 when Andrew and I were both checking his email every half hour to see if there was an invitation to interview. Then there was the week when we knew acceptance letters were being mailed and I ran out to the mailboxes whenever the mailman drove up. I'm pretty sure he thought I was insane.
Anyway, while reading the questions and comments by this year's applicants on the forum ("What should I wear? How do I prepare for the interview? Congrats on getting an interview! Can you believe it? MEDEX! We're interviewing at MEDEX!") I was suddenly struck with how far we've come, and how close we are to being done. So much has happened since we were the ones biting our nails and waiting for The Phone Call. And more importantly, so many good things have happened since then. We had our darling Eva, the cute little girl who was 1 when we first started looking into PA school is turning 5 next month, and Andrew has done incredibly well through it all. He got the interview. He got the acceptance letter. He got the grades. Now he's getting great feedback from his preceptors. We are so proud of him and so happy to be with him through it all. In light of all that we've come through, August really doesn't seem that far away anymore.