Patricia in Texas

by Patricia Jouett

I have been married to my trucker for almost 16 years now. Gary, that is my husband, has been driving most of our married life. My Dad was a truck driver so I think it was meant to be.

I understand and respect the job but, I sure hate having an on the phone relationship. It is better now with cell phones and much cheaper. It's cool that I can call him anytime I want to. We use to didn't have that advantage. We use to think calling cards where great.

We don't have any kids at home. I have a daughter that is 27 and lives in GA. He has a daughter that lives in NM. We have 6 grandkids, 5 boys and 1 girl. We never get to see them as much as we'd like. Planning trips can be a real challenge.

As with any truckers wife the nights are the worse. Plus I work at nights at a hospital. So on my nights off I can't sleep and have no one to talk to. I get a little lonely to say the least.

My husband is usually out 4 weeks at a time. That means I get to see him about 11 times out of the year.

It's not an easy life but, just like any woman married to an OTR driver I'm in love with my husband. I'm also very proud of him. He is my other half, the part of me that is missing.

He truly is my soul mate and I would not have the wonderful life that I have if it wasn't for my truck driving man.

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Mar 23, 2011
I know what you are going thru.
by: Katrina


I totally understand what you are going thru with a driver on the road several weeks at a time. I also work at night so that I'm not alone most nights. But those nights at home do get lonely and having the cell phone sure does help. I have been married to my trucker for 6 years, but have know him for over 30 years. He was a friend first and then became my best friend. I have two children, one lives about 20 minutes for me, and has 2 boys that I get to see several times a week. My son has been in the Air Force for 17 years and lives in New Jersey, I don't get to see them but once every several years. My dream is to be able to retire and ride with Martin full time. I think that that would be the "Life of Riley". Hang in there and know that things have a way of working out the way they are meant to be.

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