I, ____________________, take you, _______________, to be my lawfully wedded pilot, to have and hold, from this day forward, in turbulence and delays, for richer and for first-year pay, in sickness when you are gone or home, and in health until either you or I take off to the pearly gates.
I also do solemnly swear to be your one and only pilot wife.
I promise to remember:
To take your uniforms to be pressed or to wash and iron when ready for departure.
How to get around in a new city and remember to always to have my passport updated as well as our kids.
The names of the airport abbreviations as well as military time.
That the only constant thing in our life is flexibility on both our parts.
That it’s me that sets the mood for your arrival and departure.
I promise to follow:
You in an airport terminal cause you know where to go.
You to the tropical islands when you say let’s go.
You if or when you choose to live close to the airport to reduce commuting.
Your lead when there is a sudden change in reroutes or flight plans that will affect our family.
I promise to remind you:
Of important dates when I would like you to be home for.
Not to forget your work badge/headphones/ and jacket if needed.
About birthdays, anniversaries, or other special memories that are coming up.
I’m not here to pack our unpack your bag. (unless asked)
I love you regardless that you put your towel on the floor, leave your suitcase in an area where I trip on it, or you forget food on the counter cause you are in a hurry to get to work.
That sometimes life is not a check-list.
I promise to try to:
Make friends for me and find couples that we can go out with.
Be more patient when appliances break when you’re gone or I have to go to the emergency room by myself for a child’s sprained or broken ligament.
Be flexible when you call to say you have been delayed or detoured or got called out unexpectedly.
Keep focused on the positive instead of the negative.
Be understanding and not get over excited if something happened at work. I need to listen when you need to talk. And let you work through the situation.
I promise to wait:
For you to come home later than expected.
For your schedule to come out, so I know when you will be gone, but also know that it might change.
To talk to you about important things that need your attention until you have arrived home and had a chance to reconnect.
To hear from you’ after you’ve landed the plane and arrived safely at your hotel.
For that kiss with potential(4-second kiss) all over again.
I promise to live:
Within our means your first year with the airlines.
With your suitcase always out and your travel bag of personal items on the bathroom counter.
With a piece of furniture that you like and that makes you feel at home.
With you wanting to come home and wipe the kitchen counter or just piddling to reconnect with the family.
With the understanding that as a pilot you are a man of routine and like to have to control (over some things) but that’s what makes you a good pilot.
*A life of my own; to find a passion that will give me a feeling of independence and confidence.
I promise to be there:
For when you need to talk about your frustrating day or you encounter an unexpected delay while at work.
For the kids when you are gone.
To leave something to eat for you on those late arrivals coming home.
For those times that you need me home at a certain time for a delivery or appointment that you arranged, but are unable to make because of work.
I promise to love:
For the life, we created together, not the life we think it should be or left behind.
For your integrity and strength and passion for life, not your uniform.
For who you are today, not who I want you to be.
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