An Oilfield Wife

An Oilfield Wife


It takes a special kind of woman to be married to an oil man.
by Gypsy Lyn  |   Saturday, June 01, 2013
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It takes a special kind of woman to be married to an oil man.  The kind of woman who changes her own tire on a back road, in the dark, by herself, with three screaming kids in the back seat.  The kind that can handle raising kids, and fixing the wash machine when it breaks, all on her own.   An oilfield wife knows what it feels like to sleep alone at night, and what it feels like to spend sleepless nights waiting by the phone in hopes to hear her husbands voice.   When I say, that it takes a special kind of woman to be married to an oil man, I am not exaggerating. 

An oil wife will lead an unpredictable life.  They will move, a handful of times following their husbands career.  More then likely, she will do all the packing and driving moving trucks while pulling their car behind, all by themselves because their oilman is on hitch.  They will locate, move in, and make their new house a home in a miraculous amount of time. They never know when, and if there husbands will go out, and when, and if there husbands will come home.  When times get tough, an oilfield wife puts on her big girl pants, and deals in a way that a delicate woman could never relate.

Oilfield life is not for everyone, and definitely not for the weak.  Oilfield wives included.  No room for a woman who needs a lot of attention, or someone who cant stand to be alone in the patch...  you will be home alone more often then not.  No room for the female who cant do anything without a second opinion, or help...  there will rarely be anyone around to lend you a hand.  No time for tears, because your kids need a strong person to make them secure in their lifestyle.  An oilfield wife, manages the bills, the household, the children, and dotes on her husband when he is home... never complaining, and always putting her family first. 

Some people say that marrying an oilfield hand is marrying for money.  Perhaps its a trade off for the greedy few.  However, most oil wives would trade every dime to have our husbands home at night.  And us women keep our head held high and deal with the daily obstacles, so that our husbands can go to work with comfort and a clear head knowing that, their wives and children will be fine.  I need not mention what the consequences can be for an oilfield hand distracted.  It takes a strong woman to live this life, and an even stronger one to love it and be married to it.

Most oil wives would trade every dime to have our husbands home at night.

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shelly | Saturday, June 01, 2013
My hubby read this and tagged me in it.. it was the sweetest tbing ever.. and i agree 100 percent on this artical !! Only thing i would say is the $$$ is not what ppl think it is... AND not worth what our men and we wives go thru.. BUT its the way of our lives and would not trade it for anything !!
 
Nathan | Saturday, June 01, 2013
A man to that i am an oilfield man and i am married my supports me 100% she is my rock while im gone thank you britt for all your hard work while im gone
 
nita hampton | Saturday, June 01, 2013
So very true! I love it, and I am a oilfield wife :)
 
amy | Saturday, June 01, 2013
I love my oilfield man. We have been through it all. From worm to company man now. My husband makes me proud.
 
WifeDuringWartime | Saturday, June 01, 2013
Ohboohoo cry me a freaking river sweetheart. Try being married to a soldier who deploys over and over again THEN talk to me.....
 
Cry me a river... | Saturday, June 01, 2013
Poor,poor "oilfield wife". This asinine blog makes light of other's real problems- ahem- the spouses of deployed soldiers. Your hubbies are part of the destruction of our environment, don't be so proud. I bet that check really helps out...
 
brandie | Sunday, June 02, 2013
I want the man i am with to be with me, Together, partners forever. If a man truly loves his woman he would not want to be apart from her and quit being so dam greedy for money, that is not what life is about. True love is actually being together and doing whatever you can to actually be together.
 
Angelic | Sunday, June 02, 2013
My husband works off-shore and tagged me in this. I love it and its so true.
As for the rude person, and Im sure I dont need to point out who... We can all tell by reading the posts.... If you can't be positive, why be a horrible person and comment the way you did.
We all have sarrows at times but we have all chosen our lives and should be happy in it. :-)
 
Shannon doty | Saturday, June 01, 2013
Amen......It'S Not An Easy Life But It's Worth It. I Love My
Rough Neck. Thank YouFor Putting It To Where Non Oil Field
Wifes Just Might Get An Idea Of What We Go Through.
It's Never About The Money. But Supporting Your Oil
Hand In HisCareer Decision
 
Helen castille | Sunday, June 02, 2013
I've been a oilfield wife for 18 yrs and i love my husband and i respect his job and i love that someone wrote something about us wives because we are the backbone of our family! We have to do it all when our husbands are away and it it does take special women to be a oilfield wife but for me i wouldnt change my life for anything!!
 
TONI | Monday, June 03, 2013
I CAN RELATE TO SO MUCH OF WHAT YOU ARE SAYING....I MISS HIM SO MUCH WHEN HE LEAVES AND CANT WAIT FOR HIM TO GET BACK HOME WITH US...AND YES I WOULD TRADE ALL THE MONEY TO HAVE HIM HOME WITH US AND HE KNOWS THIS BUT HE WANTS TO GIVE US A COMFOTABLE LIFESTYLE SO I WILL DO MY PART AND SUPPORT AND COMFORT HIM AT ALL TIMES....OIL WIVES ARE TRULY A DIFFERNET TYPE OF WOMAN
 
Jimmy Durden | Monday, June 03, 2013
22-1/2 years from bottom to the top, in dirt & water, gas & oil. From drilling to completions & production. I moved my family to many areas of Texas, some times back to where we have already been.
22 years with the same beautiful lady. She has raised three great children with little to no complaint. Maybe it was myself greed for money or maybe it is the fact that everyone needs a job & the oilfield is a job needed done.
I love my family & job. A greatly respect all branches of the military. TY
 
Brittany | Wednesday, June 05, 2013
I'm 19yrs old with 2 children an I am an oilfield wife!
If it wasn't for the frac business we couldn't have the life we an our children deserve!
It's vary hard an stressful but I support him 100% an love him so much! I'm great full for this article, it says it all!
 
Cindy | Tuesday, June 11, 2013
yup! I've been married to the Oilfield man now for 31 years & counting... Raised our son while he was downi n South America, up in Canada, N/E in Penn. then N/W in Dokota then S/E to Forida & back to TEXAS! Now our son is doing the same! I guess it's in their blood line! He's got a GOOD Oil Field Wife also! They make us PROUD!
 
Allison Meyer | Thursday, June 13, 2013
Geez! The military wives sure seem bitter. No on put a dig in on them or their struggles. I give kudos to military wives! We should support one another regardless of where our husbands are. On the other hand, the "ruining the environment" piece is dead wrong. And it's not about the money. We won't get a pension, we don't have medical/dental coverage provided. We don't have ANY benefits. So there are trade-offs on both sides. So let's just support each other as women and mothers!
 
Moisés | Friday, June 21, 2013
Excellent article,the true and only the true.Thanks from Costa Concordia SALVAGE.
 
Taylor | Monday, November 04, 2013
Well I'm 22yeara old bin on my own since I was 16 iv bin in the oilfield for two years now I don't have all my grade 10but got half of my grade eleven go figure now I'm stuck in the oil field the rest of my life or I mean what life. For any one that wants a job in the patch it is much like the military.In the oilfield you got no life you don't get days off when you want you work a minimum 12 hour days almost everyday but unlike the army you do get rewarded a nice pay cheque.
 
Kristi | Saturday, November 07, 2015
I'm an Oilfield wife. But first I was an Army wife. The struggles are so much the same. Waiting for a phone call that something has happened. Being deployed or being on a job. Doesn't matter. They are still gone. My husband has been deployed. And he has been on job that were months long. Us wives hold things down because we can. We just do. Don't degrade one another for job choices, be there to back each other and be support. Isn't that what we are supposed to do?
 
James | Saturday, November 07, 2015
WifeDuringWartime and Cry me a river......I'm pretty ashamed that you guys would even talk down on other wives like this. Being an army wife doesn't earn you respect. I'm prior military and also work in the oilfield. My wife was there from the beginning and is still there. She practically has done everything in this article and I know for a fact she wouldn't stand for another fellow military wife to talk trash so quickly. I applaud all wives that hold down the home while the husband is working!
 
Ren | Saturday, November 07, 2015
TRUTH!
 
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