7 hours ago
7 years ago my husband and I made the decision for him to join a career that honestly neither of us where crazy about. We knew it would be hard and it honestly it was so much harder than I originally thought. My husband is a truck driver. He is gone a lot and makes so many sacrifices, as do I. And Im going to say something that may offend some, but I don't mean to. These are my feelings and Im allowed to have them (something I am learning). I respect the men and woman who serve, they are risking their lives every day for our country, they are away from their families and their families live without them for long periods of a time. They live in a community of people who support them. 7 years in this life as a truck driver's wife I have spent more time without my husband than I have with him. My son, and two younger girls nothing different then the fact that daddy is gone all the time. I am not surrounded by woman who understand this life. I have my friends and loved ones that support me. But truck drivers wives don't have a built in support system. My husband is disrespected, flipped off, cussed at, cut off on the road and so much more on a daily bases. My husband hauls propane so that the people around here have heat to get them through the winter, but he is essentially hauling a giant bomb. I worry like crazy. Two years ago he was in a head on accident and that day was so scary for both of us. What he does is dangerous, but drivers don't understand that. It takes a truck going 60 MPH the length of 2 football fields to come to a complete stop. Truckers are thought of old men, who are gross, or perves. This was my first impression. There are some of those people out there, but there are also men working their butts off to support their families. They are just trying to make it to home time so they can see their wife and kids. Truckers don't get the credit that's due to them. They work 70 hours with no overtime pay. Without them our stories would be empty, the gas stations would be empty, people would be with heat and the economy would fail if all the truckers took one day off. So be nice, drive careful and thank a truck driver.