7 Apr

I’ve been following the story of those missing West Virginia coal miners.  The thing that really struck me when I first heard the story was how these things are still happening.  How are these things still happening?  I mean, it’s the 21st century and we still have coal miners.  We still have coal mining disasters.  It just seems weird to me—like some relic leftover from another era.

While I was visiting my dad in California, he took me out one evening.  On the drive back through my old hometown, I commented on how much things had changed.  He said that yes, our town had changed, but most changes had come pretty slowly.  Such is life, he said.  Always changing—sometimes slowly, sometimes quickly, but most often slowly.  Very, very slowly.

So I suppose that’s how we got to 2010, where people are still driving cars instead of hovercrafts, countries are still fighting wars, moms are still packing school lunches for their kids, and wives are still sending their husbands off to work in the coal mines for the very last time.


8 Responses to “Still”

  1. Julie April 7, 2010 at 11:31 am #


    Have I ever mentioned that Bittersweet Symphony is one of my all-time favorite songs? It gets better every time I hear it. I have to admit, though, that I didn’t listen to the link because I’m listening to the Beatles and don’t want to interrupt the groove.

    Watching the news tonight, I couldn’t help but have the same thought — how is this still happening?

  2. Julie April 7, 2010 at 11:51 am #


  3. shazbraz April 7, 2010 at 12:03 pm #

    Right? Right???

  4. tawnya April 7, 2010 at 1:33 pm #

    I have nothing to say except…yes. This.

  5. madhousewife April 7, 2010 at 3:17 pm #


  6. Mother of the Wild Boys April 7, 2010 at 9:19 pm #

    I’ve re-read your that last line of your post like 17 times now…and I’m still getting a pain in my heart. So beautifully sad.

  7. cheryl April 8, 2010 at 8:37 am #

    I thought the same thing –and it is very, very sad. I’m truly grateful my husband’s employment safety-level is pretty good.

  8. Boquinha April 11, 2010 at 10:26 am #

    Beautiful post, Lbs.

    Have you ever read the book How Green Was My Valley? I think of it every time I hear about miners. It’s mind boggling to think that that sort of thing still happens today. Thanks for the post.

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