Married to My Best Friend, a Professional Truck Driver.
by Katrina M. Miller
In December of 2004, I married my best friend. We had know each other for about 25 years (my late husband introduced us). He has been a truck driver for over 30 years and I always knew that he loved his profession, and I would never ask him to give it up.
I was fortunate that my kids were grown and I don't have to deal with trying to raise them alone. About 6 months after we were married, I got the chance to ride with him. I didn't have any idea what it was like to live on the road.
You don't know when you'll have a chance to shower, eat when and what is available and have no set schedule. BUT, I LOVE IT!!!
Unfortunately, I had to come off the road to help my mom, who had lost her sight to diabetes.
During the next few years, he was home when ever it was possible, but I knew that what ever happened I could depend on his help and support in every way possible. We talk several times every day and never end a conversation without saying "I love you."
Don't get me wrong, there are times that it does get lonely and I wish that I could just walk away and get back in the truck. So that I don't have to spend the nights alone, I work from 11 PM to 7 AM as a hotel auditor.
The toughest times are when he isn't moving like he wants to and the money isn't coming in like we need it.
But the rewards will come especially when we get his truck paid for and I can retire and ride with him all the time.
Right now I'm getting ready to go "on the road" for the next 2 weeks, just to get away. My mom passed away exactly one year ago and I know that she would be excited for me to have the chance to travel again.
Just a final word, if you are lucky enough to be married to a truck driver, most of them are the best people you will meet and would do anything for anyone.
Also, remember to put God first, you marriage second and take time for yourself.