Christmas Coal, 2008

by Terry 1/9/2009 4:27:00 PM

On Christmas Eve Karen braved the snow and wind to retrieve the mail from the box at the end of the street. She was fully expecting to find a packet of genealogy documents she had been waiting for. She was delighted to find a large box from Pottsville, PA, from a friend who runs the local historical society. Ok, she was a little annoyed carrying a sixteen pound box back to the house through the drifts of snow and wind, but the shear enjoyment on opening the box was worth the effort.

Imagine our surprise when we opened the box to find it full of Pennsylvania Anthracite Coal. To me, this is one of the most humorous Christmas gifts ever, real, big, heavy box of coal.

Karen has been researching her family roots, many of whom settled in Pottsville. Pottsville is an old coal town. Coal is central to the town history. While the gift was not the packet of documentation she was looking for, the gesture and double entendre gave it a brilliant spot in our hearts.

Last weekend Karen and I found a nice glass vase to showcase the chunks of coal in our living room. This left me with two large pieces of coal and some small bits and dust I have since placed in my lab. The irony, for me at any rate, was I was looking at some labs that call for bits of coal only a couple weeks ago. I have no idea where to get coal. Washington State has no coal resources that I know of. The timing of this gift was perfect.

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I am a software architect, actively practice and teach martial arts and live in Snoqualmie, Washington. I have an amazing daughter who is the jewel of my life.

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