Saturday, August 16, 2008

On being a cops wife ...

Over time I've come to realize that there are some consolations that you have to make when you are a cops wife. New, minor changes that he makes and that slowly become part of everyday life. So, in "You know you're a redneck when" style, here's my "You know you're a cops wife when" list. The whys are listed in parenthesis.

  • You know you're a cops wife when you are left staring at the corner of the wall in every restaurant. (Because he needs to always have full view of the room and entrances and also not leave his back unprotected. Thus he sits in the corner and you sit facing him, facing at the corner.)

  • You know you're a cops wife when it feels wrong to walk standing on his right side. (This is the gun-carrying side. On duty or off he needs to have his right hand free in case he needs to access his weapon. Even when he's not carrying a weapon he naturally leads you to the left side to leave his strong side open.)

  • You know you're a cops wife when you are almost exclusively regulated to the passenger seat. (Oh yes, the need to be in control of the vehicle. Anyways, he does have all those defensive driving courses under his belt, so he must be the safer driver.)

  • You know you're a cops wife when you look at your husband demeanor when meeting someone new and instantly trust his character judgement. (He knows A LOT of bad people and can easily get a quick feel for those who are fundamentally "good" and those who are obviously not. Not to say that this is infallible, just that he always make a very quick, and usually fairly accurate, judgement of a person and I can tell from his body language whether it's someone in the "obviously not" category.")

  • You know you're a cops wife when you have to cook dinner 3 times and he still doesn't get to eat it. (Coming home for dinner is a great idea ... until he gets a call he has to rush off to. Then he calls me and says that he's ready for dinner so I warm it up again, only to have him get called away again - often before he even makes it home. I draw the line at 3 times warming it up ... after that he's on his own!)

  • You know you're a cops wife when you say "I Love You" and "Be Safe" at the end of every conversation with him. (Just in case ... you never know what can happen.)


Anonymous said...

I love you babe!

Lily said...

omgoodness.......who would have thought? It really is a lifestyle more than a job, isn't it?

Bonni said...

awwe, I'm sure it's hard to get used to but I'm sure you're very proud of him ;)
LOL at your "regulated to the passenger seat"...I NEVER get to drive with Chris, he says I scare him...ugh, whatever

Melanie said...

Wow, I never thought about those things. I know it's hard, but I also know you're proud of him. :)