I remember him calling me for the first time on his lunch break from his patrol car.
Within 10 minutes it became very clear that if a relationship with a police officer was anything like trying to carry on a simple phone conversation with a police officer, "challenging" was going to be an understatement.
Holidays, special occasions, anniversaries, and birthdays are just days you must be prepared to work around. For us, there is no such thing as the Fourth of July, Memorial Day, or Labor Day.
We will never be available for the family reunion or summer picnic on any of those three day weekends.
It is difficult sometimes even talking to family or close friends about a life in law enforcement due to so many misconceptions of the true character of the majority of officers.