There were so many times during my 30+ years as a police wife that I longed for a "sisterhood" among police spouses. The officers seemed to have a "brotherhood" of sorts at the department and among their peers which is so crucial to their existence. But, there were things I needed to discuss as well with someone who may understand the intricacies of this type of "family career".
"Police marriages can be strained, police families can be confusing and police shifts can leave officers and spouses drained. Putting some form of spousal education in place can help police marriages stand on a more solid foundation of knowledge and hope, benefiting the family, the officer and the agency." Linda Seitz/Co-Founder of the Huntington Beach Police Department's Support for Officers' Spouses group (HBPD SOS)
Recently, I was asked by the International Association of Chief's of Police (IACP) to write an article for the Police Chief magazine to enhance the "Officer Wellness" information in their recent edition. I didn't have to think very long on what topic I wanted to bring to the forefront.
"I thank my God every time I remember you.
In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray
with joy because of your partnership in the
gospel from the first day until now, being
confident of this, that he who began a good
work in you will carry it on to completion until
the day of Christ Jesus." Philippians 1:3-6
For so long I had dreamt of going to a retreat with my hubby. There were so many women's retreats offered to me when I was a young mom, and I snatched up every one of them like a piece of candy. Brian, however, was simply comfortable going on his hunting and fishing outings with his buddies and didn't ever feel like he "needed" a men's retreat of any sort. He had his friends from childhood and a few more that he had collected over the years from work, so he felt that his friend base was complete. Never did I bother him about signing up for the latest "Call of the Wild" retreat, because he was just fine socializing with his choice of men over his own campfire - "thank you very much" ... ;)
The Ups and Downs of Life...