merchant mariner families

...a highly unusual, sometimes maddening,
but mostly comical way of life.


   I was the child of a merchant mariner and now, as fate would have it, I'm the wife of one.  We've been together for about a decade (sounds like a prison term) and I can tell you, though he's out of my hair for half the year, this life hasn't been easy.  About four years ago, I went through a particularly tough time (absence of the merchant mariner) and searched the internet high and low for support from other MM families, but was shocked to find none.  Yet after thinking on it a while, I really wasn't that surprised as mariner families are scattered around the globe and are typically isolated from each other.  So after getting through my bump in the road, I decided to create a place where someone like me could talk with others who live the same kind of lifestyle.  To be able to speak freely to someone who really gets it is invaluable.  Over the years, I've found that sometimes all a person really needs is a little validation, nothing fancy, just someone who knows exactly what you're experiencing and tells you that you're going to persevere.  

   My intention for Callie's Mariner is to be brutally honest, the funny bits and the not so funny bits will get the same treatment.  This life is an odd one, to be sure, so I don't want to create a wrong impression by romanticizing it, rather I'd like to draw back the curtains and shine a little light into this world to let others know that sometimes it's okay to not love "Merchant Mariner Land".  You're not a bad wife, husband, kid, mother, father, sister, brother, or farm animal if you get frustrated on occasion.  It's perfectly fine and it's perfectly human.  

   So read away and please comment as much as you'd like.  There are other people out there who could really use your advice, would love to listen to your opinion, or might just be relieved to see that someone else feels the same way they do.

     Want to know who Callie is?  Click here! 

Copyright 2013 Callie's Mariner


  1. Hi there!

    I just finished checking out your blog and wanted to see if you might be interested in collaborating on something. If you'd like to discuss, just send me an email when you have a chance!


    emmabanks9 (at) gmail (dot) com

  2. Okay ... so I need to check my old unused e-mail addresses more. Sorry I missed your APRIL email to me, letting me know our mutual Enchanted Seashells had pointed me out to you. I too started my blogging because of a lack of resources. Hope we connect some more!

  3. hello callie how do subscribe ur blogspot ...i am a wife of a mariner too and i am newly married we lived only for 2 months and he lft for the ship my life is all empty now.hope to connect with someone who can relate to my life...