Thursday, October 13, 2011

I was borned a coal miner’s daughter…

Yes, I am a coal miner’s daughter, yes, I married a Lynn. I would love to say that I can sing like The Coal Miner’s Daughter, Loretta Lynn, but, alas, I can’t.  Both of my grandfathers were coal miners, my daddy and my brother were coal miners. As of last month, even my nephew is now a coal miner. When I say coal miner, I mean an underground coal miner.

My brother and my daddy, the two former coal miners above, with my sister in law and step mom.

My nephew, the newest generation of McDonald coal miners.

I come from a very close knit extended family. My paternal grandfather (also a coal miner) passed away in 1956. My parents had just gotten married. My grandmother was a 45 (so very young) year old housewife who suddenly had no means of support. This was back before people in their socio-economic situation bought life insurance. My parents moved in with my Nana and she became my daddy’s dependent.  Mother and Daddy built a new house next door and when we moved, Nana moved with us. She and I shared a bedroom until I was 12 years old.

My Nana, middle front row and her sisters.

Blackwell Family Reunion 1987.

Some of you may be thinking, I didn’t have more own space and stuff, but I have to tell you, I had a great childhood & couldn’t imagine it any other way. There were even times my Nana’s mother lived with us. Grandma was a three time widow, with 5 daughters. My great aunts, great uncles and their families were closer to me than most people’s immediate family. We have a family reunion the second Sunday in June, every year. The next one will be our 67th consecutive year reunion.  

I’ve said all of this to show you what a close knit extended family I have and how important they are to me and how supportive they are. I would not be the person that I am today without all of that special love from my very close extended family.  I love them all, even the strange and quirky ones…

Blackwell Reunion 2011


  1. Absolutely wonderful post Brenda. It is always so interesting to learn more about the friends and their lives that have been made through SoMe.

  2. I love you sharing this stuff. Loretta Lynn was an inspiration, and so are you. Take care!

  3. Loving you more every day! I, too, am close to my family - even the "odd" ones :) Thank you for sharing! I can't wait to see post #3

  4. Todd, thanks for your comments. I have made some wonderful friends in SoMe, including you. I hope that we can meet in real life sometime. This has been a crazy busy week, so I apologize for the late comments and thank yous. B

  5. Thank you, sweet Amberr. I have always loved Loretta Lynn. I grew up listening to her music. I am saying a special prayer for her tonight. She has been hospitalized with pneumonia. Thank you for reading my blog and thanks for your kind words. B

  6. Aww, thank you, my dear friend, I can't wait to read your blog, too! You know what they say about family, if you don't have any "odd" ones, you are probably the odd one! LOL I can't wait to see post #3 too....hehehe. xoxo B

  7. I am so delighted that you started your blog. Your post are wonderful and I get to learn more about you each time! Like now I know why we have this sudden urge to sing!! Lynn!! But of course!!:)XO

  8. Thank you my sweet friend! If only I had 1/10th of her singing ability! I sing with lots of enthusiasm, that should count for something, right? LOL XO