Common Things People Say to a Seafarer’s Wife

Hello All!

This post is specially dedicated to all those brave-heart ladies, who is a girlfriend/wife/fiancee to a seafarer!

A Seafarer's Wife

A Seafarer’s Wife

Stereotypes are everywhere! Our friends, relatives, neighbors and their relatives, just cannot live without annoying us. Their questions irritate us and their limited knowledge on this noble profession makes us pity them. I understand, everyone is not expected to know everything on the planet, but then spare us the claptrap !

Here are some common dialogues we often deal with,

Annoying Dialogue #1: 6 months in water and 6 months on land! How do you manage without him?

Fact

As they go up in rank, the duration shortens and the off period does not necessarily be 6 months, they can rejoin whenever they want to. They need to maintain a minimum number of sailing duration to qualify for promotions and to fulfill other Government norms.

Inside My Head

Why is it always a women who asks this? My dear auntyji, I miss my sailor a lot, but I just don`t want to be a barrier to his career by sticking to his neck all the time. I have a life too and I totally love my alone time. I use it to do something creative and productive unlike fooling around like you ! πŸ˜‰

Annoying Dialogue #2: Sailors drink all the time!

Fact

Well, they sure have access to the finest brands of liquor, subsidized to the amount that it’s almost free. But seafarers also have to undergo regular alcohol tests according to the companies’ policies and are penalized for disobeying. Also there are companies which are so strict in their policies that, they maintain a “No-Alcohol” zone on-board.

Inside My Head

You are purely jealous, I can smell that! I am not a controlling wife and he is not someone who drinks irresponsibly.Β I exactly know, what the drunkard in you is thinking of ! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜›

Annoying Dialogue #3: Sailors have girlfriend/wife at every port!

Fact

Those were gone days, when sailing lasted for even two years and had long port stays. The local beauties used to wait for their sailors to earn some money. But the scenario is entirely different these days. Shorter waiting time on ports and stringent port policies have made it almost extinct

Inside My Head

Yeah, he mentioned one of them… A Mermaid! πŸ˜€ He doesn’t have to be a seafarer to be qualified to access this service. No one understands the value of relationships and loyalty better than a seafarer who is staying away from his loved ones.

Annoying Dialogue #4: Sailors earn loads of money!

Fact

Agreed! They do earn handsome income which an average individual, in a good position earns after certain years in their careers. But it is to be considered that, most companies do not pay them round the year, hence making the total earnings almost equal to what any individual earns at a higher position on shore. Seafarers are also rewarded with tax-free income in most of the countries considering all the risk-factor on-boards.

Inside My Head

It is lot of money because he is working his ass off to earn it !

Annoying Dialogue #5: Pirates threaten sailors everywhere!

Fact

Piracy is restricted only to certain parts of the world. Though, a matter of concern,but every ship has a armed guard and other fighting equipments to ward off the danger.

Inside My Head

What a thing to say to someone who is praying for her sailor’s safety and health, everyday!Β O The Pirates of the Caribbean! I beg you to take these idiots with you forever! :/

Hope you’ve heard this,

The ability to speak several languages is an asset, but the ability to keep your mouth shut in any language is priceless!” πŸ˜‰

Annoying Dialogue #6: Sailors have nothing to do on-board!

Fact

Its a total misconception that there is nothing much to do on-board. The job requires great skills and physical stamina as seafarers deal with complex machines, rough weathers and timely checks. In fact, its one of the toughest jobs on earth.

Inside My Head

Yeah! I am secretly controlling the ship with a remote and he is on a merry ride to different countries πŸ™‚ Next time you say this, I`ll make you wash his boiler suits! πŸ˜‰

Annoying Dialogue #7: Sailors get to see different countries!

Fact

The job requires moving around on different ports transporting goods, chemicals, etc. But they do not halt at all ports and get to see places everytime, because of the strict policies made by the companies. While on port, they may sometimes get only a few hours to see nearby places.

Inside My Head

If he could have, he would have πŸ™‚ Unfortunately he isΒ on a Cargo ship and not a Cruise!

Anyways, these are only a few. People come up with innovative things to annoy us. They won’t change and we will continue to murder them silently in our heads πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Cheers to all the awesome ladies!!!

2 Comments

  1. flawedfabhappy January 12, 2016
    • Ragini January 12, 2016