Me: I don't understand your reticence! This is important to me! This could lead to something great!!
My Husband: You want to spend money to go to greeting-card-making school! It's not reticence you're hearing, it's sheer disbelief!
Me: Why can't I ever have something just for me??? JUST. FOR. ME!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
Him: (now retreating a step) I didn't say you couldn't! I just said I thought it was kind of...um...(shifting his eyes from me to the front door and quickly calculating his chances)...um...just silly because, you see, I think you're already quite good and the school well, hah hah, you could practically teach a class!
Me: (stepping away from the knife block I pretended to NOT notice on the counter in vicinity of my balled up fist) That's the sweetest thing you've said to me!!
Him: (voice still a bit shaky) Can I go watch golf now?
Me: (sweetly) As long as you don't look at the paypal account until next week.
And just like that, I'm back in school!
Okay, so it's an online thing I can do on my own time and there are no grades and no actual teacher interaction but I had to do something. I'm not interested, really, in the class from an actual artistic standpoint; all I know is that I'm sitting on several hundred dollars worth of cardmaking crap that I HAD to learn to use!
To continue my somewhat inspirational journey, here's "Hope and Roses"
Remember, anything IS possible. Just follow the advice I was given many decades ago and that I have always followed: "Leap and the net will appear".
If you still have doubts and those doubts are exacerbated by a significant other, just take a deep breath and begin explaining your position in a calm and mature fashion.
And it wouldn't hurt to do just that while standing near your own knife block.
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