My Life, My Words: Caleb Kinkaid — New baby, new expectations
Occupation: Underground coal miner at Twentymile Coal Co.
“My daughter is about 11 weeks old. She was born on Aug. 25. I definitely wasn’t ready for being a dad, but it’s been a lot of fun. She’s a pretty easy baby, so I got really lucky. The sleep is hard to get used to. There’s no sleep, I only get four hours at a time anymore. Life is different when you see someone that’s part you. I don’t know how I’d put it. It just makes you feel good taking care of her.
“Her name is Onalee Mae. Onalee is my grandmother’s name, and Mae is (my wife) Kristina’s grandmother’s name. Onalee was just a little different, and we hadn’t really heard it around here and we thought it sounded pretty. I think my grandmother used to get made fun of because her name sounded like ‘Honalee’ from ‘Puff the Magic Dragon.’ But, we looked through like 10 baby name books with 100,000 names and I didn’t see anything I liked.
“It’s been alright working and taking care of her. I work the weekend warrior shift and so I work Thursday, Friday, Saturday, just three days a week. Kristina watches her Thursday and Friday and I watch her for the rest of the week, so it’s good to have that weekend shift because our schedules offset pretty well.
“I’m an underground coal miner at Twentymile. It’s a good job, but it’s hard work, and it’s kind of dangerous but still good. I’ve been doing it for about three years now. My father-in-law helped me get in at the mine. The economy kind of got tough, and I had to come back to Craig and get on there. I was working at a saw mill in Woodland Park right before we moved up here.
“I’ve been wanting to start playing hockey here again. They were supposed to get a hold of me, but I don’t think that’s going to happen this year. Maybe next year when it’s a little less crazy. I haven’t played at all since I’ve been back here. I played in Gunnison when I was living there because I worked at the ice rink there, but I haven’t played in at least three years, since we moved here.
“I like to go fishing and camping. That’s pretty much takes up all my spare time. I like the Flat Tops a lot, that’s one of the best spots around here. I definitely want to take Onalee camping with me and Kristina when she gets older. I’d like to get a pop-up camper because that’ll make it easier for when she’s real little. I couldn’t imagine keeping her in a tent next summer. I want to make that a family thing. I’m definitely not going to let that change.
— Interview and photo by Andy Bockelman, for the Daily Press
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