I am not part of what you might call a "police family." My husband is the only person on either side of my family who is a cop. He has one cousin on his side who is a cop, but he's a wedding and funeral type of cousin, so we have not seen him in a good couple of years.
The other day I met someone who relayed the following information to me in the course of a conversation: "My father was a cop. My uncle was a cop. My sister just got engaged to a cop. I've got cousins who are cops...etc." You get the picture.
The good news is: she gets it. I didn't have to explain much.
The bad news is: my family does not get it. Still. Roc has been a cop for years now, and I will still repeatedly have family members call me up and say bubbly things like, "Happy Anniversary! So what are you two going to do for your anniversary...?" They say this with excitement in their voice, and somehow, it always makes me feel like the bad guy to burst their proverbial bubble and remind them (sometimes gently, sometimes not) that HE DOESN'T HAVE OFF ON OUR ANNIVERSARY. THE NEXT FRIDAY NIGHT HE HAS OFF IS THREE WEEKS FROM NOW AND WE WILL BE CELEBRATING OUR ANNIVERSARY THEN!
The reply usually goes a little something like this: "Oh."
And then I end up frustrated.
So for those of you who are reading out there today, tell me: are you part of a Police Family? Got a little Blue Bloods action going on in your neck of the woods? Or are you more like me...surrounded by well-meaning people who just don't get it?