I have been a cop wife for 28 years and I'm use to the lifestyle. Over Christmas I was trying to keep things moving and organized. We had just opened presents and it was time to start breakfast, you know Grandma has to eat something so she can take her pill.......
I started laughing and stated to my family, "Really, really guys.....how many women have to ask that you get your guns off the counter so I can fix breakfast?" My daughter thought that was hilarious and immediately went about informing all her friends via social media what a freak show her family was. We did get quite a bit of feedback, not sure if that is good or bad!
My son recently graduated from the Academy and started his first job as an officer in a small dept in the mountains of Colorado, as we were helping him move to his new location he called me to bring a few things from home, the list is as follows:
AR (assault rifle)
SFFT (something to do with his DUI certification)
Jeans (left them here over Christmas)
Shirts that go with BDU (he won't be in uniform for 2 weeks)
I just had to laugh as I looked over this list, not your typical items that most "boys" would ask their mom to bring to them. I was going to put this on Facebook but thought this would be a more appropriate outlet.
I'm sure many of you have similar situations occur in your unusual life as LEO family members. I have found over the years with all the negative things they deal with on a daily basis, they REALLY need some humor in their world, ESPECIALLY at home! Make it a safe place they can fall after a rough shift. I know it's hard when you've been home dealing with day to day life and you need them to take some of the heat off you when they walk through the door but give them some time to decompress. Make the first thing you say to them "I'm sooooo glad you made it home safely to us" not " the sink is clogged AGAIN, are you gonna fix it right this time?"
The life of Law enforcement is not an easy one but it can be so awesome, I can't imagine mine any other way. Enjoy it, laugh every chance you get and don't forget to thank a cop even give him a hug if he'll let you.