An Alabama husband, inspired by a stolen moment he caught on camera, wrote a tribute to his wife that quickly went viral. His wife was napping with the couple’s two-year-old son before getting ready for her nursing shift.
In a moment, Bobby Wesson articulated all the things he appreciates about his wife. He also managed to capture the unique struggles of working parents everywhere — those precious moments they soak up with their children before they leave for work.
But for someone like Wesson’s wife Rayena, taking care of people does not stop when she heads out the door to work. She’s a nurse. It’s all she does.
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.
Anyone who has had cause to spend any time being cared for in a hospital knows just how precious a good nurse is. You’re scared, sick, vulnerable — and someone is there helping you through it. Someone you don’t know, but manages to be a comforting presence at just the right time. It’s such an important job.
She will come home 14 hours later and remove shoes that have walked through blood, bile, tears and fire from aching feet and leave them outside.
Sometimes she will not want to talk about it. Sometimes she can’t wait to talk about it.
It’s so easy to forget that nurses are human. Of course they take the experiences they have home with them. People who are able to be there to help in times of crisis are truly remarkable: firemen, police, nurses, doctors, EMT’s. It’s easy to convince ourselves that these people are just built differently than most; able to take on the stress that most of us couldn’t. Wesson’s post reminds us that people in these fields are affected, but they brush that stress aside to be able to help others.
Sometimes she will laugh until she cries and sometimes she will just cry – but regardless of those sometimes she will be on time for her next shift.
My wife is a nurse. My wife is a hero.