“Stay safe. Come home. I love you.”

I never knew just how different life would be when my husband took his oath. It’s not a path for the faint hearted, but it’s one of the most honorable and humbling journeys I have ever faced. My husband is absolutely my hero.

Imperfectly Yours,

A Police Wife
By: Ashley Hoppa, Wife of a Police K9 Officer, 2013

I don't wear a uniform.
I don't have a badge.
I have never been sworn in.
Nor have taken an oath, with raised right hand.
My thin blue line is different indeed.
The thin blue line I walk, is from behind the scenes.
I stand behind you, so proud and true.
For you are a member of an elite few.
You have sworn to do a duty.
To uphold the law.
To honor, serve, and protect. That is your call.
While the burden you bear is great.
Mine is nonetheless.
We both carry a very heavy weight.
With hugs and kisses, I smile and I say,
Have a good night, all the while hiding my silent fright.
For every day at 10-41. My burden has yet again begun.
My heart goes with you, and all your brothers and sisters in blue.
I pray you all will return at 10-42.
How do you do it they say? How can you live life that way?
How can you not worry? How can you not fear?
My answer to them is perfectly clear.
Of course I worry. Of course I fear. Always wondering, if end of watch is near.
But this is my duty, I say. It's just what we do. 
You see, I too bleed blue.
I am proud to say that I live this life. 
Because of the man I love.
I became a Police Officer's Wife.