To the wives of the oilfield, I know this is all scary – times two.
Lay-offs are everywhere, and not just only in the oil industry, but we can’t help but get a little more scared with every cent that the price of gas goes down.
It’s already affected my parents.
Now I pray my husband will hold on to his job. I have faith that he’s one of the best employees. (He may eat too much and ask for too many extra jalapeños, but other than that, he’s one they should want to keep around). It’s bigger than that, though. It seems like companies are having to save themselves – and that means cutting even some of the best.
He just called me with the news that the price per barrel has dropped another $9 today alone. It won’t be shocking if the price goes down to a “couple of dollars per barrel” at this point. He’s held his poker face up until this news today. He refused to let me see a glimpse of any fear at all – he’s been my sanity and reassurance, but I could hear the uncertainty in his voice over the phone this time.
When he left one week ago, things were progressing, but not this quickly or drastically. We ran to Costco and left with random items and two cases of water to ease my mind.
Neither of us realized that we should take it any more seriously than that.
2 or 3 days after he left, we knew that this was going to be more than we were prepared for, and we have no way to be together.
One. week. left.
And when he does get home, we have to pray that he doesn’t bring the virus with him. We also have to pray that there isn’t a quarantine that leaves him stuck in the gulf away from us.
If your husband (or boyfriend/fiancé/significant other) is away like mine – offshore, overseas, or even somewhere on land – I’m writing to remind you that you’re doing a good job.
If you’re praying nightly for a solution for Covid-19, the oilfield, and the economy in general, my prayers are alongside yours.
- You are strong enough.
- You will make it through.
- You are a good mom.
- You are a good wife.
- You are the peace and the calm for your family in this storm.
- You are not alone.
To the wives of the oilfield, we can make it through this. This too shall pass.
And the men that we married – the men that sacrifice so much time away from us – we’ll get them through this, too.