If you are in a convenience store near a coal mine during shift change, you will quickly find yourself surrounded by coal miners.
One day my sister was in a 7-11 at such a time. Being a coal miner’s daughter, it did not phase her. However, the lady traveling down from Boston was rather taken aback.
The men, like many miners, bathed at the bath house on site. That is better than tracking all that coal dust in your truck or house. So they were clean, wearing normal clothing.
My sister and this Bostonian stood in line behind a large number of miners. As the last one left the lady snickered, and said, “What’s up with that?”
My sister was confused. “What do you mean?”
"Why are they all wearing eyeliner?" She asked.
As a West Virginian I had never thought about that before. It is true though. The coal dust settles into their eyes to make a lovely shade of eyeliner.
You never have to ask a miner what they do for a living. Just look at their eyes, the eyes will tell you.
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