It’s the love note read around the world.
“My wife is a nurse. My wife is a hero,” wrote Bobby Wesson of Gardendale, Ala. It was just part of the touching declaration he posted on Facebook along with the sweet picture he snapped, above — of his wife, Rayena, taking a nap with their toddler son, Deacon.
In that Nov. 7 post — which now has more than 740,000 views and 170,000 shares — Bobby wrote how his wife often takes a quick nap before she puts on her scrubs and gets ready to go work as a trauma nurse at a hospital in Birmingham.
“She will kiss the baby, she will kiss me and she will leave to go take care of people that are having the worst day of their entire lives. Car wrecks, gunshot wounds, explosions, burns and breaks — professionals, poor, pastors, addicts and prostitutes — mothers, fathers, sons, daughters and families — it doesn’t matter who you are or what happened to you,” he wrote in the post.
“She will take care of you. She will come home 14 hours later and remove shoes that have walked through blood, bile, tears and fire from aching feet and leave them outside. Sometimes she will not want to talk about it. Sometimes she can’t wait to talk about it. Sometimes she will laugh until she cries and sometimes she will just cry — but regardless of those sometimes she will be on time for her next shift. My wife is a nurse. My wife is a hero.”
Bobby’s post has inspired more than 40,000 comments from folks around the world, praising the couple for their love and devotion to each other. Many of those weighing in are families of nurses, both in Alabama and across the globe, sharing their stories and photos of the nurses in their lives.
“I wholeheartedly agree. My wife has been a trauma nurse for the last 14 years. She’s pretty amazing, too. Thank you for posting this,” wrote Scott Hunter of Daphne, Ala.
Fellow nurses also joined in the accolades. “Lots of love all across the ocean from Far North Queensland Australia … We are so much alike … but then again we are also awesome nurses,” wrote Deb EJ Furlong.
But his wife remained humble after the post took off, as Bobby explained in a comment.
“Those of you that know my wife know that she flinches at the word hero,” Bobby wrote. “She doesn’t miss an opportunity to say that she is a small part of a very large team — but she is a large part of my very small team and I’m proud of her.”
Media outlets from around the globe have reported the story, and new and old friends alike have let the couple know where they’ve shown up. “You even made it to the Netherlands with this picture and your loving post about your wife! Respect to both of you!” wrote Facebook commenter Irma Van Weelde.
On Monday, the couple posted a video for Ellen DeGeneres after a producer from her show left them a message.
“Ellen, if you were to call me, I would freak out!” Rayena said in the video. “To everyone who has sent messages and posted their stories on Facebook, it really means a lot to me and was so humbling.”
What the couple haven’t welcomed is an onslaught of lovestruck ladies contacting Bobby. “To the rash of women that have been sending me messages on social media lately, or who are thinking about doing it, don’t do it,” Bobby said in another video posted on Nov. 13. “I have a baby and a wife; I have a wife I love very much, and I would never do anything to betray her.”
That’s when Rayena pops up onscreen, kisses him on the cheek, and says, “Baby, you did good.”