When my husband had to go for two outstation trips back to back recently, I got little sympathy from friends in the oil district – whose husbands work offshore.
One told me matter-of-factly that her husband had to go for an indefinite offshore trip just days after he came home from an outstation training that lasted several weeks.
Surely it takes a strong-willed person to stay on this kind of job.
Out at seas for days sometimes weeks, most times their return trip unpredictable and their wives dreading the sorry-dear-weather/equipment-issues-have-to-extend phone calls. Or those on weird hour shifts, since this is a 24 hours industry, disrupting everyone’s routine; husband-came-home-at-3am-and-wife-needs-to-quickly-soak/wash-his-overall kind of scenario.
At least they can compensate this little discomfort with their higher-than-most pay. The flashy will spend on expensive stuffs while the discreet or wiser will invest in funds or take on more life insurance for the future security of their family.
But while it takes strong willed husbands to stay in this kind of job, it takes even stronger wives to handle life with these oil & gas offshore and site workers. Mind you, not all wives can handle this kind of life, especially in this age of short-term-gratification with the you-are-NOT-around-and-HE-is kind of temptations.
It is those wives who can endure being a relatively single parent most of the time, who have my respect.