We have been among the luckiest, though, and we know it; his airline bounced back and he was steadily employed there for 32 years. He was never furloughed (although there were a few times during his flying career where that possibility looked imminent and we were ready to sell our house and downsize if we had to--thankfully, we never did). But as I said, we were among the lucky ones. It was not always a perfect job, but it was a very good one. It afforded us the opportunity to give all of our sons a K-12 Catholic education, and for me to be a full-time SAHM and tend to the home fires while he traveled around the world, sacrificing much-cherished time at home with his beloved family in order to support us.
His early retirement in September of 2020 came about as a direct result of the Covid-19 pandemic. That black cloud--with all the storms it stirred up in its wake--had an unexpected silver lining for us.