I am married to a member of the U.S. Merchant Marine. Specifically, married to a Chief Engineer. Thus the name Snipe Wife. While in some circles “Snipe” is a derogatory term for engineers, I use it with pride and affection. Ours is not an unique situation but it is far less common than most. This is for everyone who asks me what is the Merchant Marine and how do I handle the “life”.
I am not a military wife nor a single mother–two demographics that I give the utmost respect. Theirs’ is a far harder life than I will ever live. I shy away from being compared to them. And I try not to complain.
That is not to say mine is not without trials and joys that I think will resonate with most readers. My trials and joys just have an added twist of DH being at sea 5-7 months out of the year.
I hope you enjoy these musings and learn a thing or two along the way about the U.S. Merchant Marine.
**Oct. 14, 2011–while I agree that I want my main purpose to be about the Merchant Marine and the “life”, I have been recently diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis and I find myself posting a great deal about that. I am trying to tie those posts into how it relates to the Chief being gone or home, and its effects on the children as well as the “life”. Stress plays a big part of things, whether I’m ill or well, and this “life” is definitely stressful. I’m not creating a separate Page yet as I hope life will return to a new normal and the PsA will just be part of that new reality without any major problems.
Thank you to all who have found my blog and who follow me. I appreciate all the kind words.