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Job Swap - Trading Jobs With My Wife For A Day.

Updated on March 1, 2012

My wife Anne, is a second grade teacher, she is a very good teacher in my biased opinion. I used to think teachers had it made. Summers off, Winter break, Spring break, not to mention the holidays. From time to time she will come home and tell me about her day or week. I can't imagine dealing with some of the problems she has to deal with on a daily basis.

My problems at work are usually pretty routine in comparison. I fix printers, install printers and deal with customers all day. Sometimes I will tell her about my day and she tells me how lucky I am to actually get a lunch break or to interact with adults.

I started thinking, what if we switched jobs for a day? She could go to work for me and I would substitute teach second graders for a day. Fun! So here is my totally fictitious job swap scenario:

My wife comes into work for me.

Anne arrives promptly at 7:55 am to begin her day. She sits down at my desk and tries to log in to my computer. Anne is not the most tech savvy person so after three failed log in attempts she has to call the help desk to reset her password.

Once the password problem is resolved the phone rings and she cheerily answers the phone.

Caller: This printer is jammed again, it's the third time this morning, can we get one that works good?

Anne (politely): Works well.

Caller: What?

Anne: A printer that works well. (The teacher emphasizes the well).

Caller: Whatever, could you please send some over to fix it?

Anne arrives at the scene of the offending printer to assess the problem. Twenty minutes later she locates the door to the printer and looks inside. She is approached by an irritated customer holding some papers: I have to get these scanned this morning! Anne replies in her courteous but stern teacher voice: Well you are going to have to be patient, you can't always have everything you want right when you want it. The rest of the day continues in this fashion. Very few printers are fixed but customers receive invaluable lessons on manners and patience.

I go to School

I arrive at school a little under dressed, but ready to teach. I sit down as the students start to come into the classroom. I start checking my email and to see who won the game last night. I should have been paying attention to these rascals in front of me. No one's in their seat, everyone's talking at once, and just what is that smell?

We begin with the lesson plans Anne put together for me yesterday. Teacher will instruct students on proper word blah blah blah..This is no fun at all, so I take a poll, who wants to go outside? All hands go up. We head outside and I start a kickball game. We must be having too much fun because I am called inside and instructed that recess is not until after lunch. Buzzkill.

I then notice the smartboard, today's version of a blackboard. Wow, this is really cool. The class and I watch Youtube videos and eat our lunch for the next few hours until I am escorted out of the school.

The End of A Long Day

Anne arrives home a little after five, she sits down and begins to tell me how rude adults are. I nod. She asks about my day at school. I tell her I got home a little early, the kids were great. We discuss dinner and both decide we will leave work at work for today. I am grateful that I'm not responsible for educating the future, Anne is happy she doesn't have to deal with irritated adults. Tomorrow will be a much better day..


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      Pete Fanning 6 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks Susan, it would be very fun to watch my wife do my job, that's for sure!

      Yes it does Leslie, Thanks!

      I agree, I would love to see the salesman do the service side for a week jeyaramd! Thanks for reading!

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      jeyaramd 6 years ago from Mississauga, Ontario

      Another interesting take would be swapping jobs amongst emloyers and employees. I thought that would be interesting for employees to see the big picture. And also for bosses to know what happens in their corporation from the very basic level. Its a win win. Anyhow, me and my spouse are both in the same profession so its not bad. Even then; we have our own style of dealing with people and people who are accustomed to one style may not appreciate a new face or a new way of approaching the same old routines. Great hub. Voted up.

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      jonsswagger1978 6 years ago from Birmingham Alabama

      This is Leslie, Jon's girlfriend. It makes you appreciate your job when you think about stepping in someone else's shoes. Cute hub!!

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I've gone to work many times with my husband and have to say I could never ever do his job full time. Enjoyed your hub!

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      Pete Fanning 6 years ago from Virginia

      sgbrown, yes, there is no way I would survive a day at her job. Thanks for reading!

      pedrn44, it's funny how different personalities work for different jobs!

      Zbesure, Glad you enjoyed it, Thanks!

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      Pamela Lipscomb 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      What a great way to really begin to understand and appreciate what our partners do on their jobs. Great hub!

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      Sandi 6 years ago from Greenfield, Wisconsin

      I enjoyed reading this hub! Switching jobs for a day could be interesting but very difficult depending on whose position you are filling. I'm sure I could be pretty useless at most jobs out there! Thanks for sharing.

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      Sheila Brown 6 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I really enjoyed this hub! It's good that you tried to put yourself in your wife's "shoes" for a day. We need to try to understand what our wife/husband goes through daily. A walk in each other's shoes in an eye opener. Very good hub! Voted up and interestig. Have a great day! :)

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      Pete Fanning 6 years ago from Virginia

      This one could be true Sunshine! Glad you liked, thanks!

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      Linda Bilyeu 6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Very funny and interesting! I'm going to share this with my daughters who teach PRE-K and Kindegarten and maybe they could get their husbands to switch jobs with them for a day. Most likely not. Your wife was funny with the "well" not accepting "good" I hear that often! UP and hilarious!!

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      Pete Fanning 6 years ago from Virginia

      I've heard about these strange smells, that is one advantage of working with adults. Thanks for reading and commenting cooldad

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      cooldad 6 years ago from Florida

      very clever hub, I liked it. I've never understood how people can teach children in school. I have four kids and when you wrote, "what is that smell," that hit home with me. There is always a weird smell following kids around.

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      Pete Fanning 6 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks guys, School would definitely resemble the movie Billy Madison if I were a teacher!

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      jenubouka 6 years ago

      What an insightful piece, made my day. If I were to do that, I would end up shooting someone, or getting shot at and my sig. other would probably cut his finger off while poisoning himself with undercooked food.

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      LailaK 6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      I really like your hub! It opened my mind about how each individual fits in a place! Thanks for sharing!