8 Days A Month
We have been married for 24 years now. Of those 24 years 18 of them my husband worked in a factory.
Then the economy took a crap and things at the factory were looking grim. They started making wage cuts and the bills were getting harder and harder to pay.
That is when he decided to quit his job and become a trucker. I stood behind this decision 100% and still do. It is the best decision he ever made for himself. He is now in a job that he loves and has never been happier with any other job.
It has also been one of the hardest things our marriage has had to endure. The loneliness sometimes is unbearable. I try to fill my days up with things to do to keep busy but eventually I always have to crawl into that bed alone at night.
Thank God for cell phones! I don't know how couples did this before cell phones. We talk frequently during each day and without that luxury I seriously don't think I would be able to do this.
The time is a big issue too. The years have flown by and even though I am lucky enough to have him home every weekend I just keep thinking about the fact that I actually only get to be with him 8 days a month. That's only 96 days out of 365 days a year.
I have a hard time knowing that I am going to spend my life with just a few days a year with the man I love.
Life doesn't stop when he gets home so there are always so many things that need to get done or people he wants to spend time with (our grown children and our beautiful granddaughters mostly)that it is so hard to find time for some quality "US" time.
Sometimes it feels like we are strangers who just happen to share the same home every weekend. It is very hard to keep the romance going in a relationship on so short time.
We spend a lot of time reminding each other why we fell in love in the first place and why we have been together for all these years.
We have had some hard times and our ups and downs but I will always be here waiting patiently (and sometimes not so patiently) till he gets home. I am proud of how hard he works to make a good life for us.