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I'm a newbee not a wife yet but hopefully one day will Iget that title.. I been by … Great song for Wives of Truckers! Hello ladies, I just came across a song that's perfect for Wives of Truckers. It epitomizes what each wife feels when her man is on the road, and how … the life of a truckers wife.. It is not for everyone!

I have been married for 18 years to the love of my life He is usually gone anywhere from 2 to 3 and a half weeks at a time. Well I'm new to this whole world and we havnt even started the hard part. I'm a truckers girlfriend, weve been together four mo. He has always expressed his love for OTR. I always was comfortable with the idea.

Alright, so I just married my husband on July 7th of this year. Our relationship progressed very quickly we met only a year ago or so. When I first … Never see him.. I've been engaged to my fiance for a little over a year and a half. He is only home twice a month. A total of four days is all I get with him. I actually met my trucker thru Facebook. The only issue is I was prepared for it to happen so soon I've been pushing … I get it I am a girlfriend of a trucker.

I adore him as much as he adores me, he is my soul mate. Some days I wonder if i am his first or second love.. Im previously married and divorced and was honestly good at being single. So I have the best of both worlds.

Well in general him and I both are new to this scene. He started driving in February. We just had our first baby on June Hubby has taken on some trucking jobs, don't get me wrong they pay very well. A month or 6 weeks ago, I posted a profile in here and I added my story of how proud I was to be trucker's … Am I wrong?

So I'm looking for some feedback from you ladies of those of you who are in a romantic relationship with a truck driver.

So here's my situation: I have no girl friends, only guy friends. Of those three years we have slept in the same bed each night. Of those 24 years 18 of them my husband worked in a factory.

I will support him and … Click here to write your own. Back in he was at a dead end job at a recycling job. I feel like I am living a double life. Where for most of the time I am living alone. Then this man comes home and I have a married life again. After 21 yrs of marriage I discovered what his life on the road was all about. Actually he was a Greyhound bus driver.

My husband was a Truck Driver when he and I began dating a decade ago. When he popped the question, he promised me that he was going local, and that him … Not really sure My name is Jenna. Im 22 and this August it will be 4 years being married to my wonderful husband, Joshua Marshall Reed. I am still learning to deal with the separation factor, even though we text and talk daily. My husband has been an over the road driver for 10 years.

We have been married for 3. He got home at 4: We have no children. But the time passes so much when he is not home. He's been lucky to have jobs where he was home more. He's been telling me how much he enjoys me being with him and how much help … He does it for his family!

My husband just started driving otr hazmat tankers about two months ago, and my life has totally changed. I have taken on both being a long distance … When the home is as lonely as the open road. My husband has only been trucking it up for 13 months but, to me and our daughter it feels like a lifetime. When he first started driving again he … Life as a trucker's wife is stressful but well worth it. It can be tough to b a truckers wife. It has it's up's and down's. I have no support from his family at all.

I could whine that I miss him but then he could be in a foreign … Never thought I could do this?? I was even teaming with him for a period of six months … The long road of being alone at home. My husband and I have been married for four years but together for eight. I love him dearly. After being a trucker's girlfriend for nearly 10 months, I suddenly became a trucker's fiancee! We've been dating for 3yrs, 4mos now, and are beyond … How do you do it? My partner, of 7 years, Trisha, left for training on Friday.

I know I'm new, but I'm already feeling down about this whole thing. And yes we really needed the money. He tells me he loves me and he could cheat out there if he wishes to because I would … if you have a life..

Our relationship is primarily over the phone. I'm going … I hate being a Truckers wife! In July we'll be married for 3 years. He started driving in September of last year.. Things to do to keep your trucker happy When your trucker shuts down close by. I was 6 when him and my mother divorced. He loves me but not in love with me.

I have 4 step kids and one of my own so that's 5. So much although I wish he spend more time with me and his kids. But he works his ass off for us. Its very hard because the reason why I married him was to be with him. And that never is the case. I have seen a lot of the country by going with him. Now that he has reached his Fifty's … I love this life as a trucker's wife!!! My husband and I are both I have two grown kids and he has a 12 yr old that lives with us.

He is gone all week but comes in most weekends. I can't say it's easy and at times its the hardest thing in the world. He's a trucker and has been for about 12 years. You make me smile and my heart sing. Together we share 4 children from previous … Another unhappy wife I was reading all of your stories and was laughing, probably the onset of a mental break-down. After almost three years now, I've figured out that … Click here to write your own.

My teddy and i have a very complicated relationship as it is. I just met him this past weekend and I swear to you ladies fireworks! This is how my husband feels about truck driving. A self inflicted sentence that ultimately we his wife and children were the cause of.

Some days … Im married???? When my husband and i first started dating he drove a dump truck locally and that was fine he was home every night, which was great. After reading here for an hour or so, I am feeling much better. He is about to solo out.

I'm months … Livin on the Edge. My Husband and I have been Together since we were He Started driving truck about years ago?? I supported him in his career and raised the children mostly by myself. Hi everyone, I'm 21 years old and have been with my boyfriend for 5 years. He has been training in school to become a trucker and has been scouted by … Baby due next month and husband considering otr trucking We have a 6-year-old daughter, 2-year-old son and a baby due in 5 weeks.

My husband lost his long term job about 6 weeks ago and we are getting desperate. I have only known my man for 6 months come December 17th. His Mom is a trucker for 16 years but she drives local … I thought the trucking lifestyle would be easy Like I said, I thought it would be easy.

When I first met my fiance, Nick, he didn't have a job and his dad was a trucker. I think we should name them that … What about when he's home? My boyfriend is coming home hopefully in about 6 weeks. He was supposed to be home for 2 weeks but it looks like his time will be cut short.

He'll … sleep studies gone wild! He was a Barber and he came home every night. I am feeling down and tired. It's really hard to be a truckers wife not just because we miss them but also because we worry so much about them, are they eating right, are they feeling … so lonesome i could cry.

She is fixing to turn 9 months. Adapt to him leaving, i cry almost every … Click here to write your own. My husband is my best friend and a good man of God.

We have two kids.. One of our kids is special needs and it is really hard … I am proud to be a truckers wife. I am a truckers wife. I am a newly wed, and at one point in my life I told myself I would never be married to a trucker because of the bad rap they receive. My name is Hayley and I have a wonderful fiance Kent who has always had the dream of being a truck driver.

When he was a kid he would sit … super sad lonley and raising our son alone. My husband is an otr tanker for schnieder. Was working for BTC otr flatbedder He started driving a lil over a year ago.. I am always lonely, depressed and stressed out.

I have to say I do totally hate the truckers wife life. I love my … I've survived 30 years, so far!!!!!!!! We have been married 30 years.

Survived raising 4 kids and many many pets and farm animals. It was not easy but I would do all over again. He is gone usually two wks at a time. My days are always busy never slow. I have not slept in in 2 months and going to the bathroom … confused and need help?? How do I keep him from losing him? Is it normal for truck driver's to get hooked on pornography?? Is it normal for someone who has the option to come home, to not come home?? I am not very happy with this profession but Florida just does not have any jobs.

We are now married with 4 children. After the 4th was born I gave up … I consider myself lucky For all that dont have any hope or who may be having issues, please continue reading!! I always figured that my husband would be the one to explain the finer workings of our son's male equipment to them. My hubby was home for a few weeks hadn't been feeling that well-he has high blood pressure,doesn't eat … Stupid ideas people have about truckers It has been years ago, but I don't think people have changed enough.

I was having extreme abdominal pain, of course my husband was gone. I was a single mom and waited to find someone when my kids would not be an issue.

I have one son that has mild CP. I have an issue I would like some feedback on. My trucker has a sister 43 yrs who just left her boyfriend and entered a new relationship and he … Trucking is what he wants to do I hate his job!! Over the road stinks because last year I saw him 35 out of days But you know what? My boyfriend says he loves me but treats me like crap.

I have been with my bf for 4 months now. When we first met, he drove for an outfit where he was home every other night. Any other trucker's wives feeling this lonely? Well first off i love my husband very much but miss him so much it hurts. I couldn't leave my daughter for weeks at a time. I am proud of him.

He is one of the hardest workers I know. I am married to my soul mate, she is my rock, … Wife of a Trucker to be I'm going to be a wife of a trucker. We've been married 12 years and have five beautiful kids. He is the light of my life.

He would give me the world if he could. He works so hard for our family, but he is gone too much. My boyfriend of 6 years no children yet has his CDL A and is looking for a driving job.

He is looking into Werner because he has no experience yet. I do not believe it is truckers that are bad, I believe every realationship needs … married and alone! I have been married to a trucker for 30 years.

We have 4 kids. Our daughter is in the medical field, oldest and youngest sons are also truck drivers. Middle … Wow, guess I am one of the lucky ones After reading many of these posts regarding cheating men; men that come home and lay on the couch; demanding men; men that don't communicate Here's a couple of things that we have done that have helped us So when the bulk of your relationship is just communication, you have to get that … I hate every second of it.

SOOO not the freaking case. I guess the best is from the beginning I am a parent of 2 wonderful ladies and have spent a lot of time raising them alone. Rescue a dog, they snoore just like him but, oh well, you do have to pick up their poop.

Oh yeah, you don't have to clean the bathroom as often!! My hubby is a work horse-- trucking is in his blood he can't help it. The money is good but its not easy was recently gone for 8 days had his 34hrs off … What a ride Hi my name is Nina and my husband is OTR trucker. We have been married for 5 moths. Who ever thought that when you get married you would be alone? He started driving flat bed trucks and the company … Pregnant and MIssing Daddy My husband is gone from Sunday evening until Friday or Saturday evening.

Thanks for an outlet. He needs to know that you've got his back. I am a trucker's wife and I am so proud of it. And other truckers' wives should be too. If nobody else would, the who will be? We do not have any kids.

My husband is a trucker and hauls cattle. I'm married to a trucker or in his words, "not a truck driver, but a car hauler" , to me, they're all the same.

We've been married for 32 years, parents … Husband is starting truck driver training. I am not a truck drivers wife but girlfriend which I am sure is just as hard if not harder.

We have a 2 year old at home with me and I am 6 months pregnant. Ok, this is the deal. When I met my trucker, he had been driving for years. We now have a 19 month old child together. I of all people know my husband and also my GUT feeling when there is something wrong. Just in the last couple months he left to get a job driving OTR.

The company … My life as a truckdrivers wife!! My husband and I have been married for 15 yrs. It's definitely been very hard on me. He comes home every weekend. I was able to go with him a few times and have some mixed feelings from what … How do you put up with being a trucker's wife? I don't understand how you ladies can do this for years on end. How do you sit at home missing ur man while they are going out to dinner while he is gone … Feel myself pulling away I find myself pulling away and trying to get him to walk away.

I can tell he is getting frustrated. He said he doesn't understand why. I'm just so damn … I knew his occupation when I married him When I met my husband he was a local driver, leaving in the morning and getting home every evening for dinner.

I met my husband Scott back in , got married finally in He rarely makes it home for a decent amount of time. He himself was new to this area.

He has been a trucker for over 3 years, and we have been together for 3 weeks. I met my fiance in May of He was driving then and was home every two weeks.. Fell in love right away. I hope to continue to make more trucker wive friends on here. If anyone is from west virginia let me know.

I live by myself with our cat when he is gone. My brother lives next door but he works constantly. He crys all the time. Whenever he gets caught cheating he starts crying and saying that he is going to take his life. My husband and I married young, and divorced young. Between and My husband and I were married for 8 years before he became a trucker. I came from a long line of them. I feel lonely and depressed a lot of the time. We have been together for 12 years and have children.

He is the kindest man I've ever met. He takes great pride in supporting his … how hard my trucker has to work to make ends meet I have been married for 22 yrs to a trucker he is a blessing to our family works very hard and is dedicated to the profession that is so often taken for … With Him for the LONG haul! My Husband and I started dating just before he went to his first truck driving job. Tyler is 15, and when i was 8 months pregnant, I realized his father was moving on to someone else.

I rode with him for over a year. It is so hard to spend your night, your weekend and your … Click here to write your own. Happy being a trucker wife!! I've been with my husband a little over a year now, and I am okay with him being a truck driver. My story will challenge a response.

But before I begin, I would like to leave my e-mail address for anyone to e-mail me a response … Just starting My fiance is a trucker now for let me see Not long I know and I don't have any real complaints about it except for the company.

I'll start with the love i have for my absent husband because without the love I would not be here. It has been hell. He has had two affairs … On the road again I have been with my husband for 11 years now. My husband and I have been married for 11 years. We have no children cause I am not able to have any and its always … Ladies it can and will get better as a trucker's wife!!!

I am a Proud wife of a trucker. Let me start off by telling our story. They look at you like you got it made. My life was rather simple an 8 to 5 job and then I met a man from Maine who was and is a trucker. Because of this lousy economy, my husband has decided to truck drive and it sucks. Not sure what to … Need advice for a truckers wife ready to ride OTR for a week ladies? I am finally getting the opportunity to ride with my husband for a week.

I have been on a day trip before but never out that long. Any advice on what to … Not your Fairy-Tale Marriage Of course as a child I dreamed of marrying my Prince Charming, Living in a beautiful country home, and Having my family. Unlike most women, I think his being over the road has saved our marriage. He's been doing this for nearly a decade now.

It feels like I am a widow who can never move on. Sex is a major problem for … Is this a trust issue or jealousy? Life as a truckers wife sucks. If your man can do something else, do it. Our problem is there is no other job that will pay our bills. He is gone most of the time and when he is home he wants things done his way. I found this site when i was about six weeks into falling for my trucker..

We are now 6 months into it. I could go on and on and on about how … Lot Lizards aren't the problem! My husband has had 2 affairs. Not with the skanks at the truck stops but with people at his work. One was an office worker.

I never agreed to be a single mom. But my Hubby … Click here to write your own. What am I doing wrong? I am one of the fortunate ones that has her trucker home every weekend. And now have a beautiful … Aussie Gal with Trucker man! Hello, my name is Jodie, I am 28 and live in Queensland Australia. My partner Brendan has been a interstate driver for years but has just returned to … Is this the marriage I wanted?

It's our life, now I am 38 years old, I have 3 kids - 13,12 and 15 mos. I'm in graduate school for special education. My husband, Chuck, is 43 - he was a printing press operator … Tough We have been together for about 8 months. He wasn't a trucker when I met him, he got the job about 4 or 5 months into … Having to trust my trucker husband again.

I have been a truckers wife for 20 years. I have two children, one has finish high school with honors and going to college. The other is still at home. When we got married my worked in a factory. Three years ago due to fiances he trained to be otr driver.

We knew no truckers or trucker wives and we did … new to being a truckers wife girlfriend It is so hard to only see him sometimes for a few hours and he is back out there … Here we go again. In March of this year, Keith called me with some unbearable news or so he thought!

He announced that he had been laid off. He was extremely disappointed, … Here we go again. The pay is good. The longest he's been gone is about 5 weeks. We talk everyday on the cell phones and sometimes more than once a day. It's long days and even longer nights without him around. I never gave much thought to trucking or it's lifestyle. I am so blessed to have a woman at home that is understanding and loving and supporting. When he came to me and told me he wanted to drive truck … I am not a driver but I am a drivers wife.

There isn't much of a story to tell. The point is true on what you wrote about impacting a family. Lucky for my family we aren't like what you wrote. I … Click here to write your own. Go back to work, get a sitter. Get some time off and pamper … Husband has new female driving partner.

Having hard time with it. My husband is new to trucking. Has been OTR for about 4 months now. He just recently was put with a young female that's also new to trucking.

I'm feeling … Do truckers go days without talking to their partner? Ok so I recently started dating my truck driver boyfriend. I must say I really like him a lot and the time we spend together is beautiful full of laughter … Need some creative ideas for communication.

Like the title of this story says , I a newbie to this. I have no idea what is troubling my husband whether he is being influenced by someone else, has met someone or what. When my … Suspicious??? After passing his final test,they gave him his own truck. Do you notice that I did not describe myself as a trucker's wife. He and his faction of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea originally named the Communist Party of Korea systematically eliminated rival factions and individuals over several decades.

After the war, Kim took leadership in close connection to North Korea in its sociopolitical form from traditional Korean culture, enabling it to start anew. North Korean national identity is indissolubly connected with loyalty to Kim and North Korean-style socialism.

Despite the heavy Soviet influence, Northern Korea was driven by patriotic and nationalist zeal and anti-Japanese sentiment, rather than by an ideological commitment to socialism and communism. In contrast to the south, where Korea's high society had been traditionally located, the north had no notable political and cultural center except for P'yongyang, which was an obvious choice for the capital. With this lack of centralized political power and cultural tradition, North Korea was able to start largely from scratch.

This proved useful for constructing a brand-new North Korean cultural identity, stemming from the Soviet cultural current but distinctly North Korean at the same time. Except for a total of perhaps ten cities, vast areas of North Korea are rural—or even untouched. These are areas that are not just underdeveloped, but undeveloped. For example, in a mining town in the northeastern part of North Korea had houses with no running water, no electric or fuel heating system, no lavatories or bath, no washbasin, no kitchen, and almost no furnishings.

The residents used communal facilities and lived in tiny two-room houses heated by coal. Houses were equipped with electricity for lights, but its use was strictly controlled. Located throughout North Korea—in towns such as the above, in the remotest of the villages, and in the capital P'yongyang, are the ubiquitous slogans praising Kim Il Sung's leadership and mobilizing the citizens to the revolutionary struggle and the socialist cause. The capital's landscape is also marked by austere buildings, vast streets with almost no cars, children and pedestrians in orderly lines, no trace of trash—almost clinically beautiful, but somewhat lifeless.

Behind the formal facades, though, the back streets are very different. There are muddy streets and alleyways, chaotic residential quarters, and the normal confusion and noise of everyday life. P'yongyang is marked by a planned cityscape, clustered around Kim Il Sung-related monuments such as the foot-high gold statue of Kim that looks down on the city. The capital is located on the Taedong, an extremely beautiful river with small islands and a riverbank covered with swinging willows and nicely kept flowerbeds.

Everything in the center of the capital is carefully designed and built, including the People's Study Hall, Children's Palace, Mansudae Art Hall, P'yongyang Grand Theatre, the Parisien style arch, and recently built international hotels and restaurants. During the s and s, the peak of P'yongyang's reconstruction after the Korean War, the basic austere style and layout of the city was established. These are mixed with the more tradition-inspired architecture of the s, including the People's Study Hall and the city gate.

A majority of P'yongyang's residents live in apartments. Individual houses with their own electricity and heating systems are reserved for high-ranking party members and army officers. In the late s, individual dwellings became popular among postwar repatriates from Japan, who, through financial support from their families remaining in Japan, are able to purchase houses.

The majority of North Korean citizens do not own a car. Apart from the capital and a very few cities that are comparable to it, the national landscape is divided into semi-urban, undeveloped, and agricultural areas. As visitors are not allowed, not much is known about the agricultural areas. North Korean nature reserves can be extremely beautiful. National resorts such as Mount Myohyang and Mount Kumgang are magical in their charm and grandiose beauty. North Korea has constructed a revolutionary pilgrimage route, marking important locations connected to Kim Il Sung's anti-Japanese resistance.

These include the Mount Paektu and the forest surrounding it, Hyesan city in the central north and its vicinity, and other areas mainly concentrated on the Chinese border.

Another pilgrimage site is Kim Il Sung's birthplace in Man'gyongdae, near P'yongyang, where the cottage where he grew up is preserved. Food in Daily Life. White rice and meat soup was once a symbol of good food in the North Korean rhetoric.

It is not certain whether the population still eats white steamed rice due to the severe food shortage that became clear only in recent years. The visitors from overseas are normally given abundant food to eat, including meat, vegetables, dairy products, and fruits. However, ordinary citizens do not eat such a variety of food.

Also, the North Korean diet does not include spicy food using chili and garlic, traditional in the Korean diet: There is no kimchee as found elsewhere. Another point to stress is that they do not seem to have candies or sweets for children: Education in North Korea is geared toward furthering the influence of state socialism. Only when one visits the ranking officers' stores where one can use foreign currency is there a poor variety of sugary sweets.

Basic food is rationed, while one can buy canned meat or a small amount of vegetables either from a store or farmers' market. Food Customs at Ceremonial Occasions. All the food is state regulated, and this precludes obtaining any special food. For state-sponsored banquets, food is supplied abundantly, accompanied with nearly endless supply of wines and liqueurs.

However, for ordinary people's ceremonies, such as the sixtieth birthday that is traditionally celebrated as a commemoration of longevity, it would not be the case. The Korean War — and the almost total destruction of the northern infrastructure by the allied bombing that flattened P'yongyang and napalmed the civilians paved the way for North Korea to emerge as a new, fresh, and truly heroic nation of Koreans. The destruction of economy was thorough, while the war casualties reached a phenomenal number and millions fled to the south as refugees.

With Soviet and Chinese aid, reconstruction began immediately after the war. In the process of reconstructing the economy, the North Korean government collectivized agriculture, reinforced state and public ownership of heavy and light industries, and nationally unified education and the arts and sciences.

By , North Korea had a typical Soviet-style socialist economy and the party's hegemony had been consolidated. In this process, a new form of leader-subject relations emerged, referred to in Korean as hyonjichido —on-the-spot teaching or guiding.

Film footage and photographs from the post-Korean War economic reconstruction period show numerous scenes of Kim Il Sung visiting steel mills and factories. In the s and s, Kim visited the workplaces nationwide, encouraging people to participate more vigorously in production.

Kim's presence carried weight and the people were impressed that the country's top man had visited their home-town; the visits boosted morale and enhanced national pride.

As a result, the North Korean economy recovered at a remarkable speed. Following the three-year post-Korean War reconstruction, the North Korean government launched a five-year economic plan in Two years later, the socialist reform of production was declared complete and agriculture and industry became publicly owned and managed.

Some key industries were placed under state ownership. In , another economic plan was initiated; in November , the party's Fifth Congress declared North Korea to be a socialist industrial state. These were the high times for the North Korean economy, and in April , North Korea abolished all taxes. The same session elected Kim Il Sung president of North Korea for the first time; he was reelected in and , and remained president until his death in The famine of the late s, caused by floods and other natural calamities, revealed the shortcomings of the North Korean economy.

The world had known for some time that North Korea's economy lagged far behind South Korea's, but the news of the famine was alarming to the West. Following massive floods in and , a dry summer accompanied by typhoon damage in devastated North Korean agriculture. In , the per capita daily grain ration fell from The ration distribution also became intermittent.

Because of the increasing deaths by starvation and undernourishment, funerals were allowed only in small scale and in the evening, and were attended only by the immediate family. As poverty increased and the lack of food intensified, there were reports that crimes related to the situation were on the increase—from petty theft to organized gang robbery, often involving murder. Since the beginning of , North Korean publication has placed more emphasis on economy than on military affairs.

It was scheduled to receive , tons of rice from Japan as of March as a result of the newly activated contact between the North Korean and Japanese governments. This and other aids from foreign governments is contributing to North Korea's slow recovery from a serious food shortage. Land Tenure and Property. All land is state-owned or owned collectively, in the case of agricultural farms. Individuals do own movable goods such as furniture. All the houses are de jure state-provided; although it is said to be possible to buy off good housing, that would be through a personal connection rather than buying the property itself.

Material goods are scarce in North Korea and generally people do not have opportunities to be exposed to expensive commodities. This works to suppress any desire to own something. There are stores and even department stores in the big cities if one wishes to buy anything. However, basic goods are provided by the state either through ration or as a "gift" from the government e. In this sense, commercial activities among the ordinary citizens are minimal.

In recent years, collaboration between Korean merchants in Japan took off with restaurant and hotel operation, but such ventures ran into serious difficulty since North Korea's food shortage became clear. There is an ongoing project of building a free trade zone in the northeastern region of North Korea, with collaboration of South Korean and Chinese capitals. This again is a tardy project and contrary to initial hopes, little success is expected.

North Korea's major industries are geared toward its domestic resources, and so include iron and steel production, mining, machinery, and other heavy industries. Its light industry also revolves around the domestic supply and lacks variety in products. In the past, North Korea confined its trade counterparts to socialist states third world countries, particularly Africa. However, since the end of the Cold War, it has been trying to establish more stable relationships with Japan and the United States, while its former trade partners are shifting the emphasis from friendship-based trade to a more business-minded attitude.

One of its major imports is weapons imported from Russia and China. Heavy industry is assigned to men, light industry to women. Jobs are assigned by the state in accordance to its judgment of family rank, ability, and qualifications.

It is highly unlikely for the family of high-ranking party officers to work as a manual laborer or miner, for example. It is not acceptable for one to freely change occupation: Everything must be decided by higher authorities. Although the government officially claims that North Korea is a classless society that has done away with the remnants of feudalism People attend the funeral and cremation of a Buddhist monk.

Though there are Buddhist monks and nuns in the country, North Koreans do not have much religious freedom. The highest ranking people in North Korea are Kim Il Sung's family and relatives, followed by his old comrades and their families, who used to be referred to as revolutionary fighters, denoting their participation in the anti-Japanese armed resistance.

The next stratum is made up of the families of Korean War veterans and anti-South Korea sabotage officers. The children of this class typically are educated in schools for the bereaved children of the revolutionaries and face better career opportunities.

Women generally lag behind men in high-status positions in society, but a daughter of an established revolutionary can rank very high in both the party and the government. The vast majority of North Koreans are ordinary citizens who are divided and subdivided into ranks according to their family history and revolutionary or unrevolutionary origin. Status is regularly reviewed, and if any member of the family commits an antirevolutionary crime, other members of the family are also demoted in status.

North Korea's government is made of a presidency, a central government that is divided into various departments, and local governments. The equivalent to the United States Congress, for example, is the people's congress. The Supreme People's Congress passes the laws, which are carried through by local people's committees that are organized in a top-down fashion following the administrative units such as province, county, city, and agricultural collectives and co-ops.

Offices for the People's Congress and committees are based on the election that takes place every five years. There is normally only one candidate per office and the turn-out rate for voting marks near percent every time, according to the official media report.

Leadership and Political Officials. The ruling Worker's Party of Korea has the largest decision-making power. The party is not just a political organization, but a moral and ethical icon for the people.

The party is also divided top-down from the central committee to the local party offices. Kim Jong Il is also the supreme commander of the army.

He is so deemed in not only North Korea but by the South Korean government. When in June the South Korean president Kim Dae Jung visited North Korea to meet with the northern leader for the first time in the fifty years of Korea's division, Kim Jong Il appeared in person to greet Kim Dae Jung and the meetings between the two leaders took place in a highly cordial and mutually respectful atmosphere.

It has been decided that Kim Jong Il will pay the return visit to the south, which will confirm his authority in the eyes of the South Korean citizens. The north-south meetings put forth some measures for reuniting the families that were separated during the Korean War and cultural collaboration between the two Koreas, ultimately aiming at reunification. The North Korean leadership enhanced its legitimacy through this recent move.

Social Problems and Control. The participation in political organizations occupies an important place in the everyday lives of North Koreans. By definition, every citizen in North Korea belongs to at least one political organization and this replaces a system of social control: Technically, all those who live on North Korean soil are North Korean citizens except for those who already have foreign citizenship, such as diplomats and visitors. North Koreans have citizens' certificates identifying their class origin and current address.

No one in North Korea is allowed to change their residence at will: Not even weekend journeys or holidays are left to individual discretion; one has to apply for such a trip through the appropriate authorities. Family holidays must be approved by the authorities, and normally families have to wait for their vacation quota. Sometimes individuals who distinguish themselves in devotion to the party and the state are rewarded with a family vacation. Contrary to the traditional registration system of Korea, which was based on family registration, North Korean registration is based on individual identification.

Each individual is subject to regular investigation by the authorities for the purpose of classification and reclassification according to class origin. For example, a person who commits a crime might be reclassified in terms of "soundness" of origin. Although it has been said that in North Korea, the military has the ultimate say in decision making, it is hard to determine the degree of exercise of power by the military.

In , it became known that North Korea's military launched a missile across the Japanese archipelago into the Pacific. The incident is still being debated, but it is evident that North Korea's expenditure on military affairs is severely constraining its economy. The conscription is not mandatory, but many gifted young men and women join the army in order to obtain a ticket to the higher education through the army's recommendation after several years' service.

The duration of the service is not clearly defined. Of April, May, or June, and July flowers. I sing of Maypoles, Hock-carts, wassails, wakes, Of bridegrooms, brides, and of the bridal cakes. Now do a choir of chirping minstrels bring In triumph to the world the youthful spring. I am amazed at this spring, this conflagration Of green fires lit on the soil of the earth, this blaze Of growing, and sparks that puff in wild gyration, Faces of people streaming across my gaze.

Lawrence, The Enkindled Spring. But now the silent succession suggests nothing but necessity. To most men only the cessation of the miracle would be miraculous and the perpetual exercise of God's power seems less wonderful than its withdrawal would be. List, the wind is from the south! And the orchard-bloom is falling Sweet as kisses on the mouth. In the dreamy vale of beeches Fair and faint is woven mist, And the river's orient reaches Are the palest amethyst.

Every limpid brook is singing Of the lure of April days; Every piney glen is ringing With the maddest roundelays. Come and let us seek together Springtime lore of daffodils, Giving to the golden weather Greeting on the sun-warm hills.

Alas, that the trees in this eastern garden, Without me, will still bear flowers. Ye may trace my step o'er the wakening earth, By the winds which tell of the violet's birth, By the primrose-stars in the shadowy grass, By the green leaves, opening as I pass.

Hemans, Voice of Spring. Yet the back yards are bare and brown With only one unchanging tree-- I could not be so sure of Spring Save that it sings in me. Who can resist the feelings of hope and joy that one gets from participating in nature's rebirth? Eliot, The Waste Land , And sweet the little breeze of melody The blackbord puffs upon the budding tree, While the wild poppy lights upon the lea And blazes 'mid the corn.

But why the people call it so, Nor I, nor they themselves do know. But on this day are people sent On purpose for pure merriment. While yet Fair Aphrodite reigned, men seeking wide For some fair thing which should forever bide On earth, her beauteous memory to set In fitting frame that no age could forget, Her name in lovely April's name did hide, And leave it there, eternally allied To all the fairest flowers Spring did beget. Tonight, if we should hear the willow-breaking song, Who could help but long for the gardens of home?

Fair vernal flowers, laugh forth Your ancient gladness! If it's thrills of joy you wish for get to work and plant a garden! If it's drama that you sigh for, plant a garden and you'll get it You will know the thrill of battle fighting foes that will beset it If you long for entertainment and for pageantry most glowing, Plant a garden and this summer spend your time with green things growing.

Here that child from his heart drinks of eternity: O child, happy are children! She still smiles on their innocence, She, dear mother in God, fostering violets, Fills earth full of her scents, voices and violins: Thus one cunning in music Wakes old chords in the memory: Thus fair earth in the Spring leads her performances.

One more touch of the bow, smell of the virginal Green - one more, and my bosom Feels new life with an ecstasy. That is what the name of it is. And when you've got it, you want - oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!

The foe long since in silence slept; Alike the conqueror silent sleeps; And Time the ruined bridge has swept Down the dark stream which seaward creeps. On this green bank, by this soft stream, We set to-day a votive stone; That memory may their deed redeem, When, like our sires, our sons are gone. The strains of grass pushing through the snow.

The song of buds swelling on the vine. The tender timpani of a baby robin's heart. Behold, this crocus is a withering flame; This snowdrop, snow; this apple-blossom's part To breed the fruit that breeds the serpent's art.

Nay, for these Spring-flowers, turn thy face from them, Nor stay till on the year's last lily-stem The white cup shrivels round the golden heart. To this small nook of earth; Feeling and fancy fondly cling, Round thoughts which owe their birth, To thee, and to the humble spot, Where chance has fixed thy lowly lot. Beauty is not enough. You can no longer quiet me with the redness Of little leaves opening stickily.

I know what I know. The sun is hot on my neck as I observe The spikes of the crocus. The smell of the earth is good. It is apparent that there is no death. But what does that signify? The vegetable world begins to move and swell and the saps to rise, till in the completest silence of lone gardens and trackless plantations, where everything seems helpless and still after the bond and slavery of frost, there are bustlings, strainings, united thrusts, and pulls-all-together, in comparison with which the powerful tugs of cranes and pulleys in a noisy city are but pigmy efforts.

Whip of the wind, Earth unfolds, Softly falling rain, Growing plants and buds blossoming. Visions of the earth, with glories of nature, Beauty of the daffodils, Sunshine and rain from a rainbow, Awe!

Nature in full bloom. Old naked Winter in his garb of grays and browns has run. Forsythia blooms come and go in the blink of a yellow Eye, Then, suddenly, mysteriously, Green erupts; and we sigh. Bulbs don't need much light; they don't need good soil; and they don't need cosseting. They are, in fact, the horticultural equivalent of cats; self-contained, easy-care, and supremely suited to living in New York.

Maids are May when they are maids, But the sky changes when they are wives. Dwight, Gardens and Gardening , Atlantic Monthly, A Druid's Grimoire by Ian Corrigan.

Thoughtful poems and rituals for seasonal holidays by a true Druid Bard. Living the Magical Life by Pauline Campanelli. Excellent ideas for seasonal crafts. The hills tell each other, and the listening Valleys hear; all our longing eyes are turned Up to thy bright pavilions: Come o'er the eastern hills, and let our winds Kiss thy perfumed garments; let us taste Thy morn and evening breath; scatter thy pearls Upon our love-sick land that mourns for thee. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month.

The Earth is like a child that knows poems. Now, of my threescore years and ten, Twenty will not come again, And take from seventy springs a score, It only leaves me fifty more. And since to look at things in bloom Fifty springs are little room, About the woodlands I will go To see the cherry hung with snow.

Housman, Shropshire Lad , So green, so mild, so beautiful! Ah, what a contrast between nature without and my own soul so torn with doubt and terror! While she was otherwise a relatively minor figure in Roman mythology, being one among several fertility goddesses, her association with the spring gave her particular importance at the coming of springtime.

Her festival, the Floralia , was held in April or early May and symbolized the renewal of the cycle of life, marked with dancing, drinking, and flowers. Her Greek equivalent was Chloris. Flora was married to Favonius , the wind god, and her companion was Hercules. Due to her association with plants, her name in modern English also means plant life.

Flora achieved more prominence in the neo-pagan revival of Antiquity among Renaissance humanists than she had ever enjoyed in ancient Rome. Detail of Flora from Primavera Botticelli , c. Spring, of course, is Her season, and She has elements of a Love-Goddess, with its attendant attributes of fertility, sex, and blossoming. She is quite ancient; the Sabines are said to have named a month for Her which corresponds to our and the Roman April , and She was known among the Samnites as well as the Oscans, where She was called Flusia.

She was originally the Goddess specifically of the flowering crops, such as the grain or fruit-trees, and Her function was to make the grain, vegetables and trees bloom so that autumn's harvest would be good. She was invoked to avert rust, a nasty fungal disease of plants that causes orange growths the exact color of rusting iron, and which was is an especial problem affecting wheat.

Hers is the beginning of the process that finds its completion with Pomona , the Goddess of Fruit and the Harvest; and like Pomona, Flora had Her own flamen, one of a small number of priests each in service to a specific Deity. The flamens were said to have been instituted by Numa, the legendary second King of Rome who succeeded Romulus; and whether Numa really existed or not, the flamens were undoubtedly of ancient origin, as were the Deities they served.

But I have one faith, sublime and true, That nothing can shake or slay; Each spring I firmly believe anew All the seed catalogues say! It was one of the days when the glitter of winter shines through a pale haze of spring. Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white, Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night; And make us happy in the happy bees, The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.

And all things are made new! It was spitting snow and blowing, and within two days of being May But as if to assert the triumph of climate over weather, one ancient willow managed a few gray pussy willows, soft and barely visible against the snow-blurred gray background. Some of us are daisys dainty and bright. Some of us are poppys,with sweet contagious laughter.

If there was a flower for you, Youd be a wild orchid, So full of life,colors alive, Sprinkled with scarlett and purple, Explosions of colors racing through your petals. The happy earth looks at the sky And sings. Vincent Millay, Mindful of You the Sodden Earth in Spring "Beneath these fruit-tree boughs that shed Their snow-white blossoms on my head, With brightest sunshine round me spread Of spring's unclouded weather, In this sequestered nook how sweet To sit upon my orchard-seat!

And birds and flowers once more to greet, My last year's friends together. A Seasonal Guide to Gardening Intimacy: Cummings, Spring Onmipotent Goddess Thou. Yet nor the lays of birds nor the sweet smell Of different flowers in odour and in hue Could make me any summer's story tell, Or from their proud lap pluck them where they grew; Nor did I wonder at the lily's white, Nor praise the deep vermilion in the rose; They were but sweet, but figures of delight, Drawn after you, you pattern of all those.

Yet seem'd it winter still, and, you away, As with your shadow I with these did play. Spring, the sweet Spring! To long for the moon while looking on the rain, to lower the blinds and be unaware of the passing of the spring - these are even more deeply moving. Branches about to blossom or gardens strewn with flowers are worthier of our admiration.

"Daisies smell-less, yet most quaint, And sweet thyme true, Primrose, first born child of Ver, Merry Spring-time's harbinger." - Francis Beaumont, Two Noble Kinsmen "For every person who has ever lived there has come, at last, a spring he will never see. Truckers wives play an important role in the trucking lifestyle. The wife of a trucker must be strong, compasionate and understanding to support her trucker husband. Basketball Wives. Follow the daily lives, drama-filled parties and outrageous fights that unfold between the wives, ex-wives and girlfriends of professional basketball players.