We Will Get Through This :: To the Wives of the Oilfield

Listening to my kids in the room play Marco Polo while throwing goldfish around my room made my heart stop for a second … made me realize something …

They have no idea what is happening right now.

After hearing of the prices of oil drop today, I am terrified. What these three babies don’t know is how much we depend on that oilfield job. How this job has given us the house, the memories, the ability to be comfortable for all these years. Like many other oilfield mamas the news of the price and oil drop is scary. I know I’m not alone in this worry, but I am petrified nonetheless.

Our bills, our food, our well being all depend on this job. Although we have prepared for slower times, I was not prepared of the news of oil costing less than a carton of eggs. I am scared because I don’t know what this means for my children, myself, and most importantly for my husband’s job.

What if this doesn’t get better?

I’m a firm believer in the saying this too shall pass. But today I am scared. Today my anxiety has gotten the best of me. I have been able to keep a brave face for the last couple of weeks now throughout this whole corona virus outbreak. I know this has been affecting our economy, but I have been able to keep my positive attitude, until today.

Today it hit me like a ton of bricks.

To all of you oil field wives/mamas, I am with you. I see you. I hear your cries. I’m sharing in your prayers. I’m scared for your household and I’m scared for mine. I’m thinking about your kids. I’m praying for your husband. I’m thinking of your sanity. I am worried too. I am scared of the unknown.

We will get through this together like we always do.

Until then, we must pray, hope, and try not to worry. We must find a way to put on a brave face for our kids, then cry it out in the closet if we need to.

We will figure it out, like we always do.

We are #OilfieldStrong.

Courtney Henry
Courtney is the wife of Daniel Henry, her high school sweetheart and is the mother to Aleana, Avah and Daniel. She works and resides in the Frog Capital of the World-Rayne, LA. She is a graduate of LSUE and a former boutique owner. She is a self-proclaimed planner addict who loves brownies, Saints football and would rather not be wearing shoes (even though she has a closet full). When she’s not chasing after kids she’s probably organizing or reading. She could live off coffee and cookies, although it would be frowned upon.

4 COMMENTS

  1. I know exactly what you mean. I’m there too. I’m an oilfield wife and have been for 33 years. We’ve seen a lot of changes in the oilfield but none as bad as this. My children are all grown, all 8, but now there’s grandchildren and we still have to make a living. We have a very small oilfield production company(4employees) plus my husband, and I worry and pray for our employees and their families too. With God’s help, we will get through this crisis. Praying for all other oilfield families as well, we are Oilfield Strong!!

  2. I totally agree, with prayers and God’s help, we will get through this. I have 3 small children and most of the men in my family and husband’s family are employed by the oilfield. This is such a scary time, but I wanted to let others know they are not alone in their worry and sadness. Thank you for taking the time to read this article.

  3. Mom, I can relate with your thoughts. My husband works for the oilfield. He was transferred from Venezuela to LA a year and half ago. I used to work for the oilfield too. And I know how that world works. It’s really scary to think how we depend on his job. If they fire him, We have to move from US. But where? Unfortunately, My home country is not an option to start over. These thoughts make me feel sick. But, I decided to try to keep my mind positive one day at a time and support my husband in this situation because It’s also really hard for him to see his coworkers being fired. Praying for your family, too mama! Thanks for the article!

  4. Daira, thank you for your prayers! I will keep your family in mine as well! Thank you for taking the time out to read it. I wanted other moms/wives/families to know, you are NOT alone. We are in this together. We will cry and we will prevail together! I’m keeping the faith that this will turn around and things WILL get better soon! XOXO

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