Monday, August 4, 2014

how's dental school?

Photo by: Isaac Singleton Photography
Daniel and I traveled "home" this weekend for my high school best friend's wedding. I'm putting home in quotation marks, because I'm slowly coming to the realization that Memphis is home - the only home Daniel and I have ever known as a family.

But trips to my childhood home always, always mean running into familiar faces - the inevitable byproduct of living in a small town. And because politeness reigns in this land of Southern hospitality, it's not long before they pop "the question."

How's dental school?

Daniel and I will look at each other, give a weary smile and say, "Oh, it's good." And the conversation will head off in a new direction as we give a sigh of relief. 

Because we both know we're glossing over the truth. 

Dental school is good. It is. It's an awesome opportunity for Daniel to train for an incredible career. A career that will one day pay the bills, support our family and open doors for serving God's Kingdom. It's an opportunity not everyone gets, and I honestly feel a little guilty complaining about it. 

Dental school is hard. And I'm not even the one trapped in the study room all day with only a laptop and hundreds of PowerPoint slides for company. This semester has been more grueling than ever - I can't believe it's only been a month. There's always a lab project to do or a test to study for, and I've already had enough "me" time to last me until December. 

Dental school is enlightening. It's shown me a new side to my husband. The side that actually gets stressed, but also the side that shows unbelievable discipline and focus. Few people can choose studying over spending time with friends or going out to eat, but he has. And I could not be more proud of the hard work and dedication he's put into his studies. 

Dental school is challenging. It's brought to light just how selfish I really am. It's forced compromise and redefined "fairness" when it comes to running a household together. It's pushed us to our limits and then helped us grow. And though I wish it would be over, I know it's shaping us into better people.

So to everyone who has received the candy-coated version over the past year - here's the truth: 

Dental school is hard and challenging, but it's also been enlightening. And, in the end, it will be for the best.

"Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds. For you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing."
~James 1:1-2

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