There are a few people at my work who know that I am a polygamist, but the majority do not. It isn’t that I’m secretive, it just doesn’t come up, and I don’t go out of my way to bring it up. I generally prefer to keep my work and home lives separate.
That being said, there are occasions, sprinkled thruout my career, where I have had the opportunity to mention my home life, and I always smile when I am talking to someone who isn’t in the know. Over the years when talking about “my wife” I have let them know that:
She has a bachelor degree in Mathematics Education,
A bachelor degree Animal Science (with an emphasis in Veterinary Technology),
Another bachelor in Nursing, and is a board-certified lactation consultant.
She also has a Master’s Degree in Abstract Algebra.
She has been a high school teacher and a college adjunct professor,
A maternity nurse, and worked full-time while homeschooling our children.
She is a musician, plays the trumpet, piano, and shofar, and teaches our children piano.
She has been a choir member, choir pianist and been involved in community bands.
She knits and bakes, makes amazing bread, brownies, and cookies.
She has had 9 children, with one on the way! The youngest is 4 months and the next is due in the beginning of April!
She has been a sign language interpreter and, speaks a little German, Spanish, Latin, and Hebrew.
She makes wine, cheese, sour kraut, yogurt, and sour dough bread.
She raises chickens, quail, ducks, and sheep.
She gardens, and grows tropical plants in our kitchen.
She is an amateur astronomer, and likes to give lectures on naked-eye astronomy.
She has been a birth doula. Six of her own children have been born at home, all of them unmedicated, and two of them unassisted.
She hosts a never-ending stream of social and religious events at our home.
That is a list that would be impressive even if it were split between two women! Yes, I truly have an amazing wife! And we have accomplished a lot together. We are a great team. I pity my coworker’s wives a bit. I imagine what they must think when they hear stories about my amazing wife. Her children rise up and bless her, and I do as well. Strength and honor are her clothing, and her value is far above rubies.