As a protective Momma of my boys, I never wanted them to grow up to be a Lineman like their Dad. First of all , it was too dangerous and it is definitely a hard lifestyle to adapt to as a family.
My Lineman of 36 years of marriage and career of Lineman for almost 41 years, there are definitely some stories to tell. The opportunity of your son becoming a lineman can be a blessing in many ways. Our youngest has been in the trade now almost 15 years our oldest took another route just as dangerous so life as a Mom never ends.
When our son, Jeremy graduated high school the subject of him becoming a lineman never came up and it was the last career my husband wanted for him ~ me too! Being a Lineman is so different and most people do not understand this lifestyle ~ it definitely has it’s challenges. Jeremy raced motorcycles and his goal was to become a motorcycle mechanic and we were all good with that UNTIL one day just before jumping into the Motorcycle course he said those scary words “I want to be a lineman.” Out of the blue and even though we didn’t want him to choose this career we wanted him to follow his dreams.
My husband said only on certain “terms” would I support you and I agreed. He had to complete the Lineman Course at the Lineman School in Idaho (this was just to prepare him for the apprenticeship for lineman) and then he had to work his apprenticeship in California. My husband wanted him to be exposed to as many challenges as possible as an apprentice/lineman. Jeremy accepted the challenge and has never looked back.
Jeremy and my husband, Rick has had the opportunity to tramp together and be exposed to many life challenges as Lineman ~ storms, hurricanes, fires and many natural disasters. One of the most beautiful places they worked together was in Lillooett, British Columbia they were helicoptered in everyday to work an area where a fire had destroyed the lines. Their father son Lineman Career has brought them closer in many ways and they always look after each other. They realize the dangers in this field and have seen many of their brothers pass away suddenly – so living life to it’s fullest is a way of life for them both.
It has been a blessing to see my husband and son work together and connect and support each other. Definitely Linework has it’s challenges and working together as lineman do with their crazy hours. Seeing your lineman (son) grow up to be a strong confident man in his career can be rewarding.
So your son too could some day say those scary words “I want to be a lineman.”
I wanted to share some Father Son pictures:
Below is a video of their Journey as Father n Son in British Columbia
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