In Loving Memory...

My dad was the best.  I remember he worked hard to feed his family.  However, as the Native American's believe, you cannot remove from the earth without making payment.  Coal miner's make that payment in many ways...they are either hurt and mangled forced into disability, lose fingers, lose their ability to breath due to black lung, or pay the ultimate...with their blood & life.  I remember once my dad coming home and as he leaned over, his hard hat came off and was filled with blood where a rock had fallen crushing his hard hat and cracking his skull.  He worked with broken ribs.  My dad paid all the above and finally, payment in full was required...life & blood.  Wednesday, June 14, 1978 just 10 minutes before shift ended....3:25 pm.

 

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KneeDeep
KneeDeep

I am sorry for the loss of your Dad.
I hope you don\'t mind me commenting on this journal. I had an Uncle Floyd,they had six children and he worked and supported his family in the Coal Mines.
He payed in full as well,and so did the crew.A pipe burst and poisonous gas filled the mine and trapped them there. They got them out but most died either there in the mine or later at the hospital. These men worked hard and long. Bless them and their families for the sacrifice
FIC
FIC

AMEN! Coal miners and their families are tied together because of the coal veins and the blood running thru their veins. We are separate yet one. We all know the pain of loss, the sacrifice, the cost, and the joy when one survives.
keepingon
keepingon

What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful man. His legacy lives on in you. How wonderful!
FIC
FIC

Thanks, Nan. I miss him so terribly still.....
carolmj
carolmj

So now the world is blessed with a 2nd: Rev Jackie!
He\'s probably bragging about you with his cronies!!
FIC
FIC

BRAGGING? Probably more like, I can\'t believe she was actually paying attention! WHO KNEW? ROFLOL