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You Might be a Trucker's Wife if...

You find yourself having in-depth conversations with your pets and you feel that they truly understand you.

You know how to change your own oil and tires, fix the washing machine when it breaks, lay carpet, and pour cement.

You find yourself using terms like hammer lane, four wheeler, Flying Hook, DOT, O/O, lot lizard and reefer (although not in the same context you did in high school) in normal conversation, and find people looking at you as if you were speaking a foreign language.

You don't shave your legs until the day your husband is due home.

You can't wait for your husband to get home and then you can't wait for him to leave.

You have cell phone bills rivaling the national debt.

You hesitate to tell your kids "wait until your dad gets home" because who knows when that will be.

The only company you have for days at a time is the television and the telephone.

Your house is filled with old log books, a variety of road atlases, tractor-trailer catalogs and blank Comm checks.

You do your Christmas shopping at a truck stop.

Your loads of laundry number in the double digits when he's home.

You can out cuss a sailor.

You occasionally cry when your husband leaves for work.

You find yourself spending holidays and special occasions alone and then celebrating them on a totally different day from the rest of the world, but appreciating them all the more.

You bristle when you hear people talking about how truckers think they own the road.

You find yourself glued to the TV and holding your breath when you see a report of a semi accident on the evening news.

You find yourself on websites dedicated to truckers and trucker's wives.

You make meatloaf, mashed potatoes and green beans and your husband thinks it's gourmet cooking after weeks on the road.

Your husband's already undressing you after he's been home from work for only ten minutes.

You're proud of being able to take care of yourself, but at the same time, you long to be taken care of.

Your main priority when shopping for a house is making sure there's enough room to park the tractor and trailer.

You know dozens of trucker jokes.

You call your husband and ask him what his ETA to home is.

You have cereal for dinner more than one night a week; the other nights you have Ravioli or Lean Cuisine.

You know more about trucking than you'd really care to know.

You love being alone, you hate being alone, sometimes all in the same day.

You get aggravated with trucking for taking your husband away from you, but you appreciate all the benefits it provides.

You're reading this list and find yourself nodding and laughing out loud even though you're the only one in the room.

Reprinted with permission from Amie Taylor and
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