It is not secret that being the wife of a trucker is not the easiest job to have. Saying it is a challenge is probably an underestimate. Having to go days or weeks without your husband can seem nearly impossible. Feelings of loneliness and disconnect are very common. Many truckers wives says that everything that can go wrong, does go wrong when their man is on the road. Air conditioning stops working? Husband is on the road. Sink clogged? Husband just left yesterday for a weeklong job. Kids sick? Husband wont be home for another 4 days. The heightened emotional feelings and added responsibility is a lot to deal with. So how do these wives handle this?
Thankfully, there is a whole community of wives of truck drivers who have come together. It is truly amazing how large this community is and how many resources are out there for women in this position! There are blogs where women share their ideas and thoughts. There are forums where woman can ask questions and get feedback from others. There are Facebook pages where they can simply just talk to someone who understands. The support for each other is overwhelming in this group.
What’s even more overwhelming is the support for their husbands. Once these women get through the initial loss and feelings of being lonely they are some of the strongest and most supportive women. They run their households alone while their husbands are out working. And at the same time they are working hard to maintain their relationships with their husbands. They cook and prepare meals for their truckers to take on the road. They try to make their husbands truck his home away from home. They schedule time for when they can talk. They make every homecoming one to remember.
Don’t forget it goes the other way as well though! There are plenty of husbands out there who support their truck driving wives. The interesting thing here is that a community of truck driving husbands is nearly nonexistent. Searching the Internet provides almost nothing in connection with this topic. Given the amount of women who drive trucks, this is very surprising.
Let us remember to support not only the people driving the trucks but also their wives and husbands!