So,, are you comfy and cozy? Want to go get something to drink and snack on? I have a story to tell you. So here goes.
Many, many years ago there were 4 young men. All these guys were friends and decided to go out on the town for the evening. They stopped off and picked up 3 "Ladies of the Night" and took them under a bridge to spend the evening. They began drinking and the evening took a bad turn. Three of these guys took turns shooting the 4th young man with a pistol. They then all left the scene leaving the young man for dead. Lewis, the young man who had been shot was not dead but badly injured. He crawled up to the road where he got help and was taken to the hospital. Once at the hospital the authorities were called but the young man would not tell who or why he was shot. He suffered severe gun shot wounds and it took around a year for him to heal completely.
After a full recovery Lewis went on a mission.. He hunted down each man that had shot him and left him for dead and shot and killed them. Remember this was years and years ago when revenge although not right by no means, was often sought. There was a trial and Lewis went to prison for his crime and served for many years. He was sentenced for man slaughter and not murder because of a plea deal.
While in prison, Lewis had to work in the coal mines. They carried lanterns down in the mines as they were working. And this is why I am telling you this story. Lewis was Mr. P's grandfather. And Mr. P. has the lantern he carried with him in those mines. Hold that thought for a minute....
Now, fast forward to today. Have you ever seen something you wanted , didn't know why, and didn't know what you would do with it if you had it? Well, this had been the case with me for months. While in an antique store a good while back, I saw this box. An ugly box, but it spoke to me the first time I saw it. The price was too steep, so I would comment on it and walk away. But I so wanted that old box.
Well,,,, the Mister being the kind man he is, who knows after 39 years I am a little crazy, but loves me anyway comes in on Christmas Eve evening dragging a big cardboard box all wrapped pretty and inside was my box. Yep, did I say he was a good man?? Well it has sat in the floor until today. It had not spoken to me what to do with it yet. But today the inspiration was there. Thus the reason for my story. Here is pictures of "the box"
Love that old wood. And it is so smooth. I just wonder what the box was used for. I am sure it will find it's way around every room in my house. So ,, what did I do with it. Okay back to the story.Remember the old Cold Miner's Lantern?
Well, I found the perfect spot to display them both. The lantern has been hidden in the back of the bookshelves as long as we have had it. Today it has a new home.
I really like how this display turned out. And I can't end my story without saying that Lewis came out of prison, turned his life around and settled down. He married, was a wonderful father to 4 children and was the perfect grandfather to many little ones. He and Mr..P
were very close. I was honored to know this man for a few years before his death. This story was never talked about among the family. It was not something he was proud of. These details were shared with Mr. P when he and his grandfather were on hunting trips rabbit and coon hunting and just recently was shared with me.
Now you all know the story of the Cold Miner's Lantern. Hope you have a wonderful blessed day. Tell someone you love them and never forget we are all blessed.
Until next time......