The first thing most people ask when they find out what my other half does for a living is “Oh, what’s that like?”. This question used to catch me off guard because there aren’t many circumstances in which that would be the response to someone’s profession but as with everything that comes along with being involved with law enforcement, I am quickly adapting to this new way of life. I will start by saying that I do not come from a law enforcement family and the extent of my experience with police officers was limited to being pulled over for going a tad bit too fast, (oops), so the differences in my life are many. Through the course of our relationship, Mr. O was not always a police officer so I’ve gotten to see the differences in being in a relationship with a regular 8-5 working man and a law enforcement officer. So without further adieu, this is what it is like to be the woman behind the man with the badge.
- There is no such thing as concrete plans. This was the first thing another LEO wife told me. It doesn’t matter how far in advance or how much coordination has gone into trying to make plans, be prepared for them to change. It will never cease to amaze me how a simple traffic stop can quickly turn into a 4 hour ordeal. However, due to the lack of plans, we have become very spontaneous and it has led us on some awesome adventures. One time we ended up at Serenity Springs Wildlife Center where we got to cuddle some really cute baby tigers.
- People will either love you or hate you by default. It doesn’t matter who, what, when, where, or why. The moment someone figures out what he does for a living they are quick to express either extreme gratitude or extreme disdain and let me tell you, people are not shy about their feelings.
- The color blue takes on a whole new meaning. The color blue becomes a symbol of support, pride, and family. I used to see cars with bumper stickers of a simple blue line and had no idea what it stood for. Now, every time I see that blue line I am grateful for the simple sign of support and solidarity. The color blue is no longer just a color, it’s a family crest.
- Some heroes wear capes, mine wear Kevlar. Growing up I had the same idea of what a superhero was as most kids. I imagined them having extraordinary powers like super strength or the ability to fly, awesome secret identities, and really cool costumes. Now, my heroes wear Kevlar. They wake up every morning and put their lives on the line for people they don't know. They sacrifice time with their families to protect the peace you have with yours. I have never met more courageous people than I have walking through the department.
- Home decor must revolve around black out curtains. Have you ever tried to sleep for an eight hour stretch with sun beaming in from every angle? Not easy. Ikea has been my saving grace for blackout curtains that don’t make my house look like a complete dungeon.
- My heart is so full it could burst. Although it is not always an easy role, I feel so honored to be a part of this blue family. I am so proud and so grateful for all of the men and women in this country who protect and serve their communities every day but I am especially proud to be able to walk through life with man of such character.
At the end of the day, I wouldn’t trade this life for anything.
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