It fits right into our home, family, spiritual, fun, and work lives. Everything about living the life of a police family screams out: YOU MUST BE FLEXIBLE! Who needs to have Christmas on December 25th anyways? I can bake snowman cookies in July if I want to.
If you are reading this and in some way have walked along the "thin blue line" you get me. If you haven't, please endure my comments and embrace them as comic relief.
It takes a special kind of person to be a police officer. Enough said about that. I can only give you a depiction of what I see from standing beside the badge and being a comfort behind it. My idiosyncrasies cry out change- change- change your job, your home, your position, your thoughts, your actions, your..your..your..but here is where I need to be flexible and understand that this
I do love to read and research different topics. It is enjoyable for me to see where other people who can relate to this stand. How do they do what I do every day and stay steady and strong? I have found myself sometimes at all hours of the night searching for the written diaries of the wives that stand beside the blue, who humanize the badges by promoting their hard working husbands that serve the streets and protect the people. I have also found that inside their personal stories brings comfort to me. It allows me to open my own heart and mind to the changes that I can make (which you know I love) that will give him the steady that he needs to start and end his day. Ninety-nine percent of the change might be something so small in my mind, but completely relevant to what he needs. This in turn, promotes a new reaction or action from him, which is what I need. It ends up being a win-win for both.
So, if he comes home at 5:00 a.m. and doesn't want to discuss his night, I know it is because he needs to unwind, re-fill his own energy, and just "be off" for at least the next 8 hours. When he wakes up for his next day, he is refreshed and we move on through our evening.. It is difficult for some to recognize the cues and embrace them as part of the new chapter(s) of standing beside the blue, however, for me... for us... We wouldn't have it any other way.
I am excited to open this new journal now that we are established here in our town for real. We are settling in to this chapter for sure and I look forward to sharing with whomever will hear me along the way.