Typically, when I see couples confessing their love for each other on social media, I have a jerk reaction and roll my eyes; I think declarations of love are most genuine offline. But when the viral train arrived this morning with this man's Facebook post about his nurse wife in my feed, there were no eye rolls to be had. With one tap on the share button, Bobby Wesson went from being just someone's husband and support system to the viral leader and champion of nurses everywhere.
In what probably seemed like a small token of appreciation for his wife, the status quickly turned into a much needed token of appreciation for all nurses, a profession that can sometimes be upstaged by more commonly understood positions like emergency surgeons and specialists. But it's Wesson's wife's non-specific job title that impresses and inspires him most — his wife deals with literally everything and anything that walks through those hospital doors, with grace and strength.
She will kiss the baby, she will kiss me and she will leave to go take care of people that are having the worst day of their entire lives. Car wrecks, gunshot wounds, explosions, burns and breaks - professionals, poor, pastors, addicts and prostitutes - mothers, fathers, sons, daughters and families - it doesn't matter who you are or what happened to you. She will take care of you.
Wesson explains in his Facebook status. The juxtaposition of his wife's loving, comfortable and safe home life with her chosen professional life is most inspiring. The fact that she wakes up every morning to kiss her lovely family goodbye for the day to focus on other people's families is what makes her a selfless hero. She chooses to be this person every day. For her husband, who sees her come home every evening, exhausted and worn but never defeated, he just couldn't contain his affection and awe. And it's an important reminder for all of us; nurses suit up in their scrubs come morning (or night) and head to the hospital to take on whatever comes their way. And they do this over, and over and over again. This is their lives, this is what makes them heroes.
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