Did you know Thomas is a firefighter? Well, he is! But not of actual flames, unless you count the time a Goodwill trailer was in flames and he put it out. True story…..but I digress.
The fires my hubby puts out are ones within the lives of children and families as a counselor. He has worked with several companies in different cities but each job has entailed the same tasks: helping people. Now the crises I speak us are of varying levels. He has worked with children that just can’t sit still long enough in class to listen to the teacher, thus becoming a disruption. He has also worked with children who have threatened to kill others while physically harming themselves with drugs or knives. Sometimes that help has been directly from his hands, while other times it has come from his supervisory position and knowledgeable consult. Regardless of how, an improvement was always sought.
Consistently Thomas goes above and beyond, attempting to figure out what will work for each case, each individual, each family, in order to have the most impact. He is truly amazing at what he does, and I do not brag on him enough. And being that I have this virtual stage on which to boast of his goodness, I’m going to take advantage of it!
My husband rocks. He has chosen a career in which he is extremely talented, and God has blessed him with an abundance of knowledge and skills as well. The stories he can tell about clients can scare you, for he has truly encountered some rough subjects. However, he also has stories of gentle individuals that have just had some hard life circumstances; those stories will melt your heart. His most recent job has him in a different setting than past employments. Typically he works in the home of a family, but now he works in an elementary school, seeing students as needed or referred. Being that most everything in his job is confidential, I only get tidbits of his days. I never know names and I never meet the people that he impacts. If a client happens to be in the same place as us, Thomas can not talk with her unless she initiates the conversation. Being the type of person that I am, this is hard, for I would love to know the people that make up his day. Alas, I can’t, so anytime I get sneak peeks into his realm, I truly enjoy them, especially when they are this cute:
That’s Thomas! He has a client with low verbal skills, so he has the individual draw. On this particular day, the little boy wanted to draw his counselor, my hubby. Don’t you just love those nostrils?! I thought they were glasses at first, but Thomas corrected me. And how about those ear holes that look like earrings? This just makes me smile. I can’t wait until Daniel is able to draw such cute portraits!
And, finally, here is a photo of some origami–a brontosaurus. An older client has a hard time focusing on tasks and assignments in the classroom, so Thomas is working with his ability to follow directions and produce an appropriate product. Pretty creative, isn’t it.
Anyway, I just thought I would share….and brag…..about my husband, the firefighting counselor :O)