Blogging has been a great way to connect with other pilot wives. One main thing I have come away with, over the years, is the fact that many of our pilots have similar behaviors. It is great reassurance to hear from others that their pilot acts the same way mine does. That way, we know it isn't us, but them! This makes us feel like our crazy is actually normal.
There are so many instances where I have just rolled my eyes at certain behaviors and immediately think that the pilot in him made him do that.
** Take this as an example:
You know he is in the air. You think of him fondly and you send him a text so that he has it when he turns his phone back on. The text expresses how deeply in love you are with him. When you send the text you have butterflies in your stomach, because you love that man so very much. You miss him dearly, and long for his return home.
He never texts back.
Hello? Is this thing on?
Typical. I know Steve loves me. But, I also know that Steve doesn't always respond to text messages. Did he get the text? Probably.
** Or, how about this one:
You haven't spoken to him all day long. You have been waiting all day to talk to him. You are husband and wife after all. You do share this life together. So, you want to share details of your day. You know he has a full day so you don't bother with calling him, but rather you eagerly await his call.
It is 8pm, and he finally calls you. You talk to him for all of 46 seconds. You could tell immediately that he was exhausted, so you just keep the conversation short and sweet. I guess you will share the good news...tomorrow.
** Ah, and how about this...
He has been gone a looooong four days. You have been anticipating his arrival for days now, and plan to take full advantage of the warm body that will shortly be next to you in bed. If you catch my drift.
He gets into bed. You finish up in the bathroom. Eagerly, you climb into bed.
He is asleep.
You understand he is tired, so you don't bother waking him up. You figure you have three more nights to take advantage of his warmth before he leaves for his next trip.
The above scenarios are just a couple snapshots into our life, and I know other pilot wives go through the same. At first these situations used to bother me, but now I just realize it is all part of this crazy lifestyle.