It’s a dark day in the oilfield. Lay-offs are happening left and right. It’s getting closer and closer to home…but we’re still in it! But even though my Hot Oilman still has his job, it’s hard to feel “safe”. I still feel a small sense of impending doom that our whole life could come crashing down. Although we would be alright even if we lost everything, we would just think of it as the next chapter in our adventure. Onto to something new. We have faith that God’s plan is best no matter where that takes us – even when it takes us into scary and uncertain places.
This is an emotional time. I feel relieved, thankful, grateful, guilty, nervous, sympathetic…the list goes on and on. I’m very grateful and very thankful that my Hot Oilman is still employed. He has (well, WE have) worked hard to be a reliable employee. At least for now we are still truckin’ along with our oilfield life. But at the same time, that makes me feel guilty. Why someone else, and not us? There are so many people whose worlds are suddenly upside down right now, and really there’s no difference between us and them. I also feel guilty that I’m relieved that it’s not us, and at the same time I feel very sorry for the men/families that have lost their jobs. Hopefully they have a Plan B and it turns out even better in the long run.
At this sad and uncertain time in the oilfield, we need to band together and be supportive now more than ever before. Oilfield wives need to lift each other up. We’re still in it and we’re not giving up, even if that means leaving the oilfield.