Waiting for Dad to come home from the Oil Patch: Work in oilfields forces couples to manage separations
Big and bold on the chalkboard in the Duncombes’ family kitchen is a countdown.
It simply reads: “Days until Dad comes home: 16.”
It will be 16 days — more than two full weeks — before the family of seven is reunited again.
The Duncombe family is one of many who, since the oil boom in western North Dakota, now spend more time apart than they do together.
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