Having been married thirty years .. 26 of which have been while hubby has been an officer of the law has not been easy on our family time. Odd hours .. long shift work .. mid week days off .. are just of few of the lesser stresses of the job. There's also the safety fears: Will he come home in one piece at the end of watch? Will he stay awake on the long drive home? Will he be exposed to infectious diseases?
This life style has left a good deal of the work on my shoulders with hubby's odd hours and oft times need to sleep during the day. Homeschooling was an option we chose so DH could take part in our family life.
We've survived separation during great civil unrest, earthquakes making travel impossible, hostage takeovers, high speed pursuits and shootouts. Calls from the hospital with hubby saying, "I've been injured and am covered in someone's blood."