April - posted on 01/17/2009 ( 65 moms have responded )
I'm new to the circle so I thought I'd introduce myself. My name is April. I have 3 homeschooled kids and a husband who works for Union Pacific Railroad. Anyone whose ever had the blessing of living this life knows it's not easy. He's home one day, maybe for only 12-18 hours and he's gone again. There is no schedule, no planning except planning on his not being here. He misses holidays, birthdays, everything. Sometimes he's home for a few days at a time, but you never know. His job is the most unsecure of any I've ever seen. He has a rules test every two years. if you fail it, you are fired until you can take it again....which could be in two days or 6 months. You can get fired for anything. They have what they call a "bible". The bible is the main rule book. It is at least 2-3 inches thick. The bible has an addition with amendments to the rules. And the amendments have ammendments in another book. It's CRAZY. You honestly could get fired for stepping off the train the wrong way, if a manager saw it. I live a fairly lonely life, much like a single mom. Friends whose husbands have normal 9-5 type jobs don't get it. They think you should just get over it, after all he makes a lot of money...... Yes, the money is nice, but it's not all that life's about. I joined this group hoping to find other women who might understand my plite. I'm not a complainer, just lonely sometimes....