Gayla - posted on 10/14/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )
Once upon a time, in my mis-spent youth I was a Sheriffs Department dispatcher. I'm 52 and have spent most of my adult life surrounded by law enforcement officers and their spouses. I am now a legal assistant in the District Attorneys office and I am still surrounded by law enforcement personel. I understand very much the adrenaline rush these people feel, I understand the dangers as well as the rewards of what they do. My son has been a Deputy Sheriff in a nearby county for the past four years. Recently he married his girlfriend of five years. They meet when he was in college studying criminal justice. She knew what his career plans were. I love my daughter-in-law, she is wonderful, a great mother and a bright, capable young lady. She hates being married to a law enforcement officer, hates the hours he works, hates that he doesn't always get off at the appointed time, hates everything about it even though she knows he loves his career. She wants nothing to do with the other wives in the department and doesn't want to hear anything about what happens on the job. I want so badly for their relationship to work out and am hopeing for some words of wisdom to pass on to her to help her find ways to cope with "the life." I've suggested she join on-line support groups or FB communities like this one. If any of you have any suggestions, please pass them on.