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A New Challenge for My Dear Husband

June 18th, 2013 at 10:02 pm

My dear husband is what you might call a history freak. He LOVES British history, carries around back-breaking volumes on Lord Salisbury, Disraeli, WWI etc. A big part of him has always wanted to either teach or just have a better formal education in history. He's a software developer and hasn't had a real history class since high school. British universities don't do general education classes, so he had none there.

Things are difficult at work lately; he's been putting in lots of extra hours, hates his new bus-less commute, and perhaps has a little of the "I'm 50" blahs. So Saturday night I said to him, "Why not enroll in a history class at my university?" Within two hours we had him applying for admission and sending off the fee. I suspect he won't choose it as a new career, but I think he'll really enjoy the experience. It's funny; we were talking with friends about this tonight, and half of them just couldn't understand why he'd do that. Couldn't he just read a book? The other half understood perfectly. Yeah, it'll cost a little cash, but speaking as one who changed careers from a lucrative secure one to an initially tenuous low-paid one, I know what it means to be passionate about a topic. I hope he loves it and continues. School begins in the fall semester with just a single class.

8 Responses to “A New Challenge for My Dear Husband”

  1. Shiela Says:

    That sounds great. Good luck to your DH.

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    I'm sure being able to discuss the topic of history with others will be very fun for him. Anything one can look forward to when they have the 'blahs' is always good!!

  3. CB in the City Says:

    I totally get it! I'm sure he will enjoy the experience.

  4. Looking Forward Says:

    I think that is great! Big Grin

  5. My English Castle Says:

    Glad you guys get it!

  6. snafu Says:

    Brilliant to have DH do something of interest totally out of his usual pattern. I hope his instructor is an interesting lecturer and assignments are challenging enough to be enjoyable.

  7. momcents Says:


    Wonderful use of his time! One of my most humiliating grown-up moments was when were in the UK and my dear British friend pointed out a very nice looking house and said "That is where Disraeli lived." I said, "Who was Disraeli?" With great distaste she said, "Oh, never mind." And turned around ... I clearly missed my chance with world history ...

  8. frugaltexan75 Says:

    What a great idea for your DH Smile

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