Thursday, May 27, 2010

He Speaks a Foreign Language

When I met my husband, he was attending college at some engineering school called Rose-Hulman.  I'd never heard of it, but apparently it's often been ranked as the number one engineering school in the country.  Yes, he's smart (and my little brother followed in his footsteps and attended dork school there too).  I love them both.

When people ask me what my husband does, I usually just give his title.  And when they ask me for details, I scramble and try in vain to throw out some meaningful-sounding terms like design and three phase and things like that.  It's not like we don't communicate or anything. It's just that when we talk about his work, we don't usually talk about those kinds of things.  Because he likes me.  I really don't know what he does over there, but I know the funny stories from each day.

My guy is doing some cool things and has been asked to speak at conferences and write a few articles to share them.  Recently, he was telling me about some article he was asked to co-author.  He sent it to me via email and asked if I'd like to read it.  Our bedtime conversation went something like this:

Me:  How long is it?

Him:  About a page and a half.  Not long.

Me:  Will I be able to understand it?  (He knows how technologically-challenged I am.)

Him:  I think it will only have a couple of terms you might not understand.  (Then he then went on to say something about system integration and encoding and messaging and control four -- or was it control C?  I don't know.  You get the picture.)

Me:  I love it when you speak a foreign language.

Him:  Really?  It gets to ya, huh?

Me:  Yea.  It's that southern-boy accent with the geek-speak language.  It's heart melting.


How about you?  Anyone in your life speaking Greek (or geek) to you?



Rachel said...

For me it's "Greek" ~ my hubby's a smart guy when it comes to Biblical languages!! lol!! =)

the shoafs said...

austin's an artist and can visualize just about anything. i get so lost when he's trying to explain how something's going to look (like the house we're getting ready to build...i honestly won't have a clue how it'll look until we move in!). usually he'll just throw his hands up, grab a piece of paper, and draw it out for me. thank goodness his skills go beyond stick figures :)

Cranberry Morning said...

Funny post!! :-)

My husband doesn't speak 'geek,' but we have very different levels of fluency regarding politics. Mine could be considered headlines and maybe subheadings and summaries. His is every single word including the fine print at the bottom. :-)

Carrie said...

This is getting a little strange, GG!!

My Hubs is an engineer, too, and I totally get you on this one!!! I get diagrams on napkins during dinner!! Once I mentioned that to a friend whose husband is also an engineer, and she said she gets the napkin diagrams, too!! ;)

I remember the first time I, on my own, put together an anacronym he often used with what it stood for, and I said, "You mean the 'blah, blah, blah' (enter real term here)?" He looked at me with such love and pride in his eyes! ;)

Lynda said...

Maybe you should revert to French as your "common" foreign language! Love to both of you..


Karen said...

This was a sweet post...

Michelle said...

"Because he likes me." That's funny!

My hubby and I went through 10 years of seminary together(he's the one who got the degrees, though)

So he would come home with real Greek, and all sorts of terms that I had to come to grips with! I never did get a grip on the Greek though!

GlowinGirl said...

Madame, I remember a bedtime phrase (song) from French class. ;)

You would be proud to know that there are still French words on my kitchen wall from when we studied Canada at the end of our school year!

Colleen said...

Cute post! I definitely have some friends who try to help me with computer stuff and then I'm like... "Ok, this time in English, please." :)

P.S. Congrats on being a bridesmaid! My sisters will most likely be in their 40s by the time I get married, and they're still going to have to stand up there with me. There's no age limit as far as I'm concerned.

Claudia said...

Oh I like that post. It's written so nice and with a twinkle in the eye. I can almost hear the conversation - G R E A T !!

ActiveMamainAZ said...

I'm the geek in my relationship..."gap analysis, striker amendments, COW, and Sit-COW..." Instead of engineering (where real things get done), it's public policy analysis (where it takes years to see the result of your work).

MamaMonki said...

My hubby frequently speaks geek - I just nod my head and pretend like I understand him!

GlowinGirl said...

ActiveMama, I have no idea what you just said, but thanks for stoppng by. ;)

the smiths said...

My hubby works in a body shop and this is what our conversations look like
HIM: I'll be home right after I change this fender
ME: ok love you
KIDS: when will daddy be home?
ME: no idea;)

GlowinGirl said...

That is so funny, Mrs. Smith!! :) I completely understand.

Natalie said...

Oh how funny - I love it! Being married to a dentist, I often hear my fair-share of a language I don't speak.

On another note, GO ROSE HULMAN! Indiana's own! It's a fantastic school!

I live in Purdue country - another engineering school. It's amazing what people do around here - biophsyicist anyone?

Natalie at Mommy on Fire

rachelw said...

This is a cute post! :)

My hubby is a preacher...I can't count how many times a conversation quickly goes from a conversation to a sermon. I have to remind him often to save his preachin' for the pulpit! ;)

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