Friday, May 16, 2008

Fire

I live in a small town...population 550. I heard an unusual amount of sirens on this Friday evening. Then when I turned on the water to do the dishes (and make a jello salad for a funeral at church tomorrow) I realized I hardly had any water pressure. I decided it was time to check out the situation because that fire had to be nearby to effect my water pressure. My daughter and I got on our bikes and went over a block from ours and sure enough there was a house fire down the street. Every entrance to the street was blocked off by flashing police vehicles. Nobody was home at the time of the fire, but the crazy thing is it was being shingled when the fire was discovered. The guys noticed an odor and then later noticed flames coming out a vent. Half the town stood around for an hour or so...Friday night excitement in a small town. Shortly after coming home it rained hard for about 10 minutes. I hope the rain helped distinguish the fire.

As I watched those flames and pieces of the roof fall to the ground I couldn't help but think of the family and what they are losing this evening. I know its only "stuff"...but it's all their "stuff". One of the benefits of living in a small town is that everybody pulls together and helps their neighbors. I've witnessed this many times. I'm going to bed tonight thankful for having my home, a bed to sleep in, and all my "stuff" that stresses me out. (Although, bed is going to have to wait because I'm waiting for the jello to congeal so I can add the fruit.)

If you could save one personal possession from your burning house what would it be? I bet most people say pictures...

3 comments:

Christine said...

My answer would be my photo books and journals I have kept of the kids. I need to have those journals in a special box. I should keep them in the pole barn?

It is just stuff but like you said it is all our stuff. We have to be careful not to become too attached to things. Hastings was such an eye opener for me. It was so hard to leave that home....that told me my heart was too attached to my house. But our house is where our hearts are. The place where we come together as a family or have friends over. Such a hard balance.

CJ said...

I'm not sure about storing those types of things in a pole barn, unless it's climate controlled. Are there any combustible household/garage products stored in the pole barn? Your best bet is to get a safety deposit box, or a fire proof safe.

dianne said...

I agree,keeping them in a pole barn unless they are kept in something mouse proof,humidity proof etc. wouldn't be such a good idea.Can't believe the damage mice did to things in boxes just in our garage our 1st winter in our current house.When we had our fire we went back for pictures,Mark's ballcards that are very valuable,the animals,his antique chair that was his grampa Louis' and gramma Otremba's handmade quilt.A fireman handed me the quilt at the door.Once they started putting our furniture out and I saw Louis' chair come out I immediately thought of my quilt,it was laying at the foot of our bed so he went in and handed it to me once we could no longer safely go back inside.It is just stuff,we lived to tell about it,we were uninjured.Our greatest loss being our beloved dog Angel.She lived 2 weeks afterward and just could not overcome the smoke inhalation at the age of 14.