It’s almost Christmas time, when many of us have a bit of time with our families. It seems an appropriate place to pause and think about the myriad of ways that our families provide support for many of us.
Moira Hansen has written a beautiful piece here about academic spouses.
As I was reading it, I nearly teared up thinking of the amazing ways W. has supported me – for our entire almost-20-years-together (yes, we got together very young) – but especially in the past two and a half years.
There are of course all the amazing daily things he handles – dishes, laundry, grocery runs, takeout orders.
And standard academic spouse moments: listening as I work out a new idea, talking me through impostor syndrome, telling me that I should apply for conferences and grants even if I think my idea is dumb.
But also, like, crazy champion moments: making sure I eat in the middle of a paper writing marathon…
…and being my rock as I’ve been tossed upon the seas of impostor syndrome and anxiety that are so common among doctoral students.
So yes. Let’s hear it for the partners of academics. They are amazing people.