New Trucker's Wife & about to go on the road with him
by Randi Stewart
(Hawthorne, FL USA)
Hello all -
My husband started training in January and finally got his company truck last week. His first time gone was extremely rough on the both of us. He was gone from home the first time for 6 1/2 weeks. The second time he was gone for 5 weeks and this past time he was gone for 5 1/2 weeks.
I am very excited for him to finally be done with his training and receiving his truck. While being home with the children has been very hard with him being gone, we are finally getting into a routine. And now school has ended so we have to find a new routine!!
I have to say, reading some of the posts on here disturb me a little. Very negative it seems. My husband and I have been married for five years now, we each have children from previous marriages.
We went into this marriage knowing that sometimes things don't work out and ready to be completely open with each other. It has worked and we are still going strong. So when he said he wanted to do OTR trucking I supported him whole heartedly, I wasn't entirely happy about it but I knew he needed a change and I lost my job so we needed something to help financially.
Like I said, it was extremely hard at first, I cried most nights and had many panic attacks about us being apart for long periods of time as we had never done that before and I'm a realist and know sometimes absence doesn't make the heart grow fonder. Luckily in our case it made us appreciate each other so much more. I have an amazing man who takes such good care of his family.
Now with the kids being out of school we have decided that the next time he makes it home that I will go on the road a few weeks with him. I'm excited and terrified all at the same time. I'm not sure how being in a truck for 4-5 weeks is going to go. What do I need to pack? Can we really sleep in that twin xl bunk every night comfortably?
Does anyone have any suggestions or tips on what I can expect? What I should make sure to bring? And then any tips on life as a happily married truckers wife?? I appreciate any help I can get.