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A Portrait of the Artist I’m Married To
A TRIBUTE TO MY WIFE, JOAN
With Valentine’s Day coming up this month, I felt it only fitting to use this article to pay tribute to my incredible wife, Joan. It would take me more space than I have here to list all the amazing things about her, but I’ll do my best to provide a little summary. She’s the epitome of selflessness, an extremely talented artist, and an organizational wizard. Honestly, I don’t know where I’d be without her. We met at a church picnic. It’s actually a fun little backstory. I didn’t know at the time, but the woman organizing the event was Joan’s best friend. She told me I should come to the picnic because it might be fun. Secretly, she was trying to set us up together. It worked. I may not have been looped in on their secret designs for the picnic, but I can’t complain about the results. From the moment we met, Joan and I hit it off. I had two children at the time, and it was hugely important that anyone I dated could connect well with them. After spending some time with Joan, my daughter, who was 4 at the time, told me, “Joan is the nicest person in the whole world.” It’s a moment I’ll never forget. I thought to myself, “I must be the luckiest man in the world.” That moment cemented in my mind that Joan and I had a bright future together. By 1991, we were married. Coincidentally, that was also the year I opened my own practice. In the decades since — has it really been that long? — my life has been extremely fulfilling both at work and
at home. Joan deserves a lot of credit for that. I have a wonderful life, wife, and five children.
During the early years of our relationship, Joan worked as an occupational therapist. In college, she studied art and psychology, and her intelligence is apparent to anyone who meets her. As she wound down her career as a therapist, she started to help out at the practice by working on pre-suit demands, helping our clients prepare their testimony for trial, and she worked as our in-house jury consultant, helping to select juries for our clients’ cases. You might think I’m crazy for mixing my career and love life, but when you’re married to somebody as talented as Joan, it’s hard to not put their skills to good use. In recent years, Joan has been able to devote more time to working on her art. She’s even been exhibited in local galleries. I might be a little biased, and I’m certainly no art expert, but her paintings and sculptures never fail to impress me. If that wasn’t enough, she also speaks French. A wife that’s cultured, talented, and compassionate — how did I get so lucky? Joan and I love to travel together. Over the years, we’ve been to more than our fair share of countries and we’ve shared experiences I will remember forever. On more than one occasion, her French skills have come in handy. It means a lot to me to be with somebody who shares a desire to explore the world.
–Wade Coye Thinking back to that fateful picnic, it’s hard to imagine what a massive impact it had on my life. I may have gone expecting a fun afternoon, but what I got was a partner for life. From that day to this one, I’ve only grown to love and admire Joan even more.
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