Life long lessons to be learnt.
Yesteryear down the mines.
Back to the days of father and son working down the mines as daytime was hardly dawning.
Those very first slithers of light pierced through the dark black canvas of the sky with the son only a few days away from his twelfth birthday and had already been working down the mines for over a year.
They pick up two red neckerchiefs inside which were their meagre lunch which consisted of bread and cheese!
Mother’s silent prayer the same each waking day, oh yes every single day!!
“Oh please dear God make sure you look after my man and my poor precious young son.”
“Please oh please bring them back to me again!”
She watched them walk further and further away down the hillside towards the coalmine until they were out of sight.
They both in silence continued their journey into the mine below!!
Candles lit the way; a meagre but almost sufficient light.
A tiny beam so meagre; simply a slither of light!!
was soon to be heard.
True grit lessons in life.
Great heavy tool almost bigger and heavier than the oh so young boys
who used them.
Their young puny bodies strengthening, each muscle taut and stretched to their limits.
Picking away at the shiny damp surface of each wall!!
Coals of all shaped and sizes were then loaded into carts which would then be pulled by the patiently awaiting Pit Ponies whose eyes were now as accustomed to the dim light as they ever would be.
Not an age for sentimentality or emotional outbursts.
An age of
‘Put up or shut up!!!’
That age old
‘Stiff upper lip era!’
The gentry would benefit freely and selfishly from the tireless grafting of each miner at work!
Those large gleaming fire grates in their mansions almost overflowing with gleaming black coal around which flames proudly play and warm each already warm limb!!!!
While for the hard working miners and their families, to live on would be given a meagre amount mainly consisting of coal dust; hardly enough to warm their almost numb with pain tired bodies!!
No relief felt as they bathe in those old tin baths in front of the meagre flames that came from a fire made of small amounts of coal and topped up with wet coal dust! That flame could almost be mistaken as a flame from a candle!
Every minute of every day the
could be heard.
Oh how hard the fathers and sons had to work!!
Suddenly a bright light so swiftly pierces the curtains in Toby's bedroom.
Toby awoke and stretched each limb which for some strange reason were really aching!!!
Also some strange echoing sounds were heavily thudding in his ears!!
Toby's room was filed with everything a young boy would dream of owning .However he didn't look after anything and all was a jumble !!!
Easy come easy go being the selfish motto of the day !!!
He then slowly forced himself to get up from his warm and cosy bed!!
This is when his dream of the night before came back to him.
Oh how vivid the dream had been; almost surreal !!!
A dream of a boy his own age going down the coalmines with his father ;a boy who accepted his lot in life with his heart of gold. Toby could now hear him singing and whistling with that happy smile on his face..
Yes a dream oh so true !!!
The deep ache in his limbs continued as he stepped over the clutter in his bedroom.
The aching as piercingly painful as the dream ; oh how strange!!
Then almost from nowhere he felt and heard a voice from deep within speak to him in stern tones.
Oh yes so stern and oh so clear !!!
“Listen, remember and feel this pain which seeps deeply into your being.” It carried on in sombre tone ; “You have many lesson to learn Toby my boy!!!"
Constantly the tone never lifting and never lowering.
“I hope you have learnt Toby my son, that you have nothing to moan or groan about!!”
“No reasons to treat your mother as you do!”
"You are so lucky to have always been kept free of pain and to be surrounded by everything a child could ask for !!"
"However I have to tell you that you have become spoilt and spiteful!" "How dare you treat your mother as you do!!"
"Years ago young boys went down the mine at 10 years of age and most of them grew up to be wonderful people !"
Instantly Toby felt the ache tighten and for the first time ever he felt something else!! He felt a deep shame and had to sadly agree that he had become everything the voice had said about him !!!
Toby so guiltily replied in a voice so small.
“I have learnt my lesson you need not worry!”
He pushed his aching feet into his comfy warm slippers and took another look around his cosy bedroom.
So warm ; so bright and such a deep contrast to the way the boy in his dream lived.
That boy had to share his bed with two siblings; the house was dark and cold due to the family not having enough money for heating and the likes.
This boy at only twelve years old had already been working down the mine a whole year. However this boy had had a permanent smile on his face and whistled as he worked hard
"Pick Pick !!!"
"Pick Pick !!!"
"I will never ever act like that again and that is a promise .
Oh dear how ashamed of himself Toby felt!!!
He instinctively knew what his first and most important task of the day was.
Without a single doubt it was to apologise to his Mam for shouting and screaming because she did not have enough money to buy him the latest football kit!!
Oh yes for acting like the spoilt brat that he was!!
His limbs still ached and he instinctively knew that they would only disappear when he could show that he had changed his ways.
He would learn to appreciate his life and also to appreciate the people who cared for him especially his loving and caring mother.
As he walked into the kitchen he found her cooking breakfast;
She turned with a sad little smile to her son almost expecting another argument !! However this time Toby ran to her giving his sweet and wonderful Mam the biggest hug ever!!!
“So sorry Mam for being so horrible!!!”
"I will never ever act like that again and that is a promise ;I love you so much !!"
He almost immediately felt the ache lessen and the "Pick Pick " faded into silence.
At this a guardian angel smiled as she flew away knowing that very soon her help would be needed again elsewhere. She looked back once to see Toby helping his Mum tidy up as they were both laughing and joking while planning a day out 'a happy day out !!!
My Treasured Hub Family.
This past week or so have been very busy ;however today looks a little quieter and I am so glad of the time to be able to join you all again my treasured 'Hub family'.
Here's wishing you all a wonderful day and lots of love from my little corner of Wales.
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