Right Spouse, Rich Life

“Can you live forever? Marry the wrong spouse, and every day will feel like an eternity. Marry the right spouse, and life will be joyful and perhaps even a rich experience.”

Thomas Stanley, author of Millionaire Next Door and other millionaire-mindset books

Yesterday I was telling a story about something or other. One of my students looked at me and said, “You know, based on your stories about your husband, I think one of your shiny parts [talents] is picking a spouse.”

This was after another student informed me I must “be rich, because [my] life is so interesting.”


My seventh grade science teacher had worked in the Peace Corps in Western Samoa. She used to tell stories of her life in Western Samoa, about being able to watch the sun set on the entire world because of time zones. I thought that was the neatest thing ever.

She loaned me a tape of Western Samoan music so I could make a copy. She begged me to be very careful with it. I made a copy, and a few months ago, I actually converted that tape to MP3. I now play that music in my classroom for my students, actually.

I wanted to travel like she had. I wanted to have adventures like she had. I wonder if one of these kids will grow up and want to travel because of my stories.

I tracked my old teacher down and emailed her, thanking her for her stories. Maybe that little note will keep her going the rest of her school year.