Wife Isn’t Talking After 14-Hour Day—When Her Husband Spots Her at the Table, He Knows Exactly Why

When we see our spouses every day, it’s pretty easy for the routine of the daily grind to blind us to the beauty in our partners. Moreover, when your career takes you away from your family for 14 hours a day, it’s more likely that you’ll receive a backlash of bitterness rather than loving support for a job well done.

Well, such was not the case for Philip Urtz, who recently posted a touching tribute to his wife on Facebook that showed the world just how much he appreciates his selfless, hard-working woman. In his viral post, he shared the silent beauty that lies beneath her messy ponytail, glasses, scrubs and all … and it’s absolutely breathtaking.

Along with a picture he snapped of her eating quietly at the table, Philip shared these heartwarming words:

“This is my wife Jessica having dinner after a 14 hour day. She comes home from work, has enough time to eat and get ready for bed and it’s back to work the next day for another shift. She is up early to get ready for her day. She doesn’t like to be bothered in the morning and I respect that. She showers, throws her hair up, grabs her lunch gives the dog and me a kiss and heads out the door. At work she takes care of people who are having the worst days of their lives. Strokes, car accidents, motorcycle accidents, falls, breaks, brain damage and more. She takes care of mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, friends and families. It doesn’t matter who you are or what happened. She will take care of you. She works through lunch and rarely has time to sit. She comes home after 14 hours, takes off her shoes that have walked through blood and tears, and just wants to sit down. I don’t ask her about her day because she doesn’t like to talk about work when she is home and that’s fine.

If she does want to talk, I will listen. Sometimes she comes home happy and sometimes she comes home sad. But no matter how she feels, she is always on time for her next shift.

I love her with all my heart. My wife is my hero. My wife is a Stroke Nurse.”

Facebook: Philip Urtz

This story was originally inspired by a post by Bobby Wesson whose wife Rayena’s daily routine looked very much like Jessica’s:

“This is my wife taking a nap. In an hour she will wake up, put on her scrubs and get ready for work.”

Facebook: Bobby Wesson

“The tools and items she needs to perform her job will be gathered and checked meticulously—her hair and makeup will be done quickly. She will complain that she looks awful. I will disagree, emphatically, and get her a cup of coffee.

She will sit on the couch with her legs crossed under her and try to drink it while happily playing with the toddler that’s crawling all over her.

She will occasionally stare off blankly as we talk; silently steeling herself for the coming shift. She thinks I don’t notice.

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.

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.
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.”

God bless these wonderful nurses who so selflessly give of themselves in order to make sure that others are given the proper love and care that they need. And kudos to their husbands for taking notice and exposing their true beauty to the world! Share this story if you think we need more women in this world like Jessica and Rayena. I sure do!

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