Ode to an Oil Man


My Hot Oil Man (my husband) is the hardest working man I know. And not just because he works in the Oilfield, his hard work and work ethic is just part of who he is. But he, just like all OF workers,  sacrifice themselves daily for the better of their families. Yes, there are plenty of benefits to being OF. Good pay and lots of time off, plus my HOM actual gets better treatment at work than he does at home – he has a housekeeper to clean for him, and chefs on duty that serve all-you-can-eat buffets three times a day including prime rib once a week. (I definitely don’t compare to that!!)  But all that does not make up for time away from family, nights spent in a tiny bedroom that slightly resembles a jail cell, and days going by without seeing the sun.  He works nights and that is also taking it’s toll on him. Switching back and forth every two weeks from being nocturnal (at work), to being awake during the day (at home) is really difficult mentally and physically.  But it’s all part of the package deal – it’s part of the sacrifice of the the Oilfeild man.

The Oilfield lifestyle is different than “normal”.  9 to 5ers don’t’ get it. Our life is lived in hitches.  Some people think I’m a single mom because they see me alone at church and at parent teacher conferences.  Other people think my husband works from home or is unemployed since he can be found at home on 10:00am on a Wednesday.  Neither is true.   We live our life to the beat of a different drum, it’s the Oil Field rhythm. That means sacrifices are made on both ends.  We have to give and take.  But I have to give credit to my husband, he sure does a whole lot of giving.

My Hot Oil Man is ALWAYS willing to go the extra mile for the good of our family.   At the heart of everything he does is our kids, and myself.  He’ll work the extra hours, stay the extra week, put up with the politics,  go to the undesirable location, learn a new skill, work his way up – whatever it takes.  And it’s not all about being greedy or being money hungry, it’s about setting a good example for our kids about being a good provider and working hard.  I sound like a broken record telling the kids how every job, big or small, deserves our best effort –  and my HOM is a living example of that for them.  The OF life is not a glamorous life…well maybe it is if you are the multi-billionaire CEO of one of the huge oil companies who flies around in a private jet, but I wouldn’t know.  We lead a pretty simple life. A life that revolves around our little home and  the people in it.  And this little world wouldn’t keep spinning without the efforts of a certain Hot Oil Man.


About jenna

Jenna has been an oilfield wife for over 12 years. Her Hot Oil Man husband started working in the oilfield a few months before they were married. The oilfield has lead them all the way from Northern CO to Alaska, where they've lived in the Matanuska Valley for 4 years. The family consists of their two children; a strong-willed daughter age 10, and a goofy son age 7. And of course what family would be complete without a couple of dogs and rabbits thrown in the mix. Jenna is a stay at home mom who doesn't “stay at home” much, and enjoys gardening, baking, reading, watching movies, four wheeling, hiking, fishing, and LOVES shopping. Since moving to the last frontier they have also started home schooling, which is another adventure all it’s own.

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