While the money is good for a lineman, the work is hard, they miss out on family functions and holidays, and their families sacrifice right along with them. We at J.L. Matthews want to honor the entire home-based crew behind the lineman - wives, girlfriends, parents, children... anyone who loves a lineman.
Katieli Manatu Kihe Moui Mahe
A Little About Katieli~
We recently received an email from his wife, Akanesi Mahe, gushing about her husband and how thankful she is of him for the daily fight of being a Lineman. You see, they are from a town called Houmakelikao Nuku'alofa, which is the capital of a small island called Tonga. Tonga is a remote island in between Australia and New Zealand in Oceania! Now you can imagine our surprise when getting this email! Thank you Akanesi for opening our eyes to the world around us.
I met him at church. One of my cousins had a crush on him and at the time, I hadn't met him. One day after school, I went to church and attended the Youth Practice. After the program, I went to the bathroom and on my way there, I had a sense that someone was watching me. I turned around to see who it was and that is when I saw him, his brother and his ex girlfriend. I was 16 and he was 20- he was already a Lineman when I met him.
He was the first generation!
What are you most proud of about your lineman?
No, because I know he loves what he does. To change any aspect of it, changes what he loves and I support him.
How have your lives changed to accommodate the job? Do you have unique holiday traditions? Do you do anything special on the days that your Lineman is home?
Well, when he is home, we usually just spend the day together and catch up on everything that was missed. We plan holidays if he feels like it. Usually, we do have holidays for him and the kids but I want him to rest in bed all day because work can be tiring.
Oh boy! The crazy schedule and calls sometimes get annoying and I want to scream to be honest. I ask him, "Do you know how to say No?" Yup, I'm that wife lol But he can't stay and ultimately I know that. We remain on good terms and I support him. I have learned to respect and deal with it because it's a part of the job. I know I am his world and our kids are too. That's all that matters.
No, I don't think so. To me, loving a lineman was the best thing I ever did and choose to do.
Thank you again for participating in our Life on the Line feature. For all those reading, if you or someone you know is a lineman/ woman and you want to tell us a little bit about what your life is like working in the industry- click the link below!