Ok, technically I’m only in love with one particular volunteer firefighter (my husband) but I think it’s time to shed some light on these special members of our community.
Before I met my husband, I really didn’t know what a volunteer firefigher did. I did have both an uncle and cousin who served on volunteer fire departments, but I didn’t know what that meant. I guess I just thought they went out on really big calls, like if there was a huge grass fire at a farm or something.
Then again, I really had very little understanding about what firefighters did in general, beyond just fighting fires. I had a wreck when I was 16 and I was so confused when fire trucks showed up. (For the record, I believe there were 3 fire trucks, 5 cop cars, and 2 ambulances. Needless to say, I shut that street DOWN for awhile. No one was seriously injured, a couple people did go to the hospital.) I really thought firefighters were just for fires; I didn’t realize the actual role they played as first responders.
But then I met James. He told me he was a volunteer firefighter, to which I nodded and smiled like I understood. Then he took me to the fire station after our first date. (I think he was just showing me off in case I decided not to stick around :) ) The station wasn’t some rinky dink building with some pickup trucks outfitted with hoses. This was the city’s actual fire station, with engines and brush pumpers. It looked like the fire stations I visited as a kid - you know, the ones with the “real” firefighters.
Y’all, volunteer firefighters are real firefighters. Who knew, right? But they totally are. The difference is, they aren’t getting paid to show up and cut you out of your mangled car when you have a wreck. They aren’t paid to run into your grandparents’ burning home and drag them to safety. They aren’t paid to shovel snow out of the driveway so the ambulance can make it close enough to the house to reach the cardiac patient whose life depends on getting to the hospital quickly. They do that FOR FREE. They do it because they know it is important. They do it because no one else will.
In our small town, there are 3 paid firefighters and one fire chief. They work 24 hours shifts solo. That’s why those firefighters have to be certified EMTs. In case they turn out to be the only person who is able to make it on a call, they need to be able to legally do what is necessary to save a life. But odds are that paid person isn’t the only one that will be there. The volunteers will be there too; the ones who heard the tone go off and took off sprinting out the door, often leaving dinner on the table and a family behind. (I cannot tell you how many times we have sat down to eat only to be interrupted by a call. And there’s no hesitation on James’s part. He hears the tone and he’s off and running.)
Our town relies on the volunteer firefighters. In fact, it was only recently that they had any paid firefighters at all. It used to be entirely volunteer. But the fact is, one firefighter can’t do much on their own. The volunteers are absolutely essential to the town. And our town isn’t the only one like this. Many of the surrounding communities rely on volunteer firefighters as well. And as it turns out, so do many of the communities in the area where I grew up. I just was completely oblivious to it!
So thank you, volunteer firefighters. You guys (and girls!) don’t get the credit you deserve.
All photos were taken by Blue Elephant Photography as part of our engagement photo session.
It’s the last day of July, y’all! It has been such a weird month here in Oklahoma. Last weekend was miserably hot, but for the most part, this has been the coolest and wettest July I can remember. I’m not complaining, though. It’s been a wonderful July.
On My Bookshelf: I went to the library last week and walked out with this haul:
Most of them are Philippa Gregory books. I read The Queen’s Fool first (I read The Other Boleyn Girl, The Constant Princess, and The Boleyn Inheritance years ago) and now I’m on the Virgin’s Lover. These books are historical fiction and occur during Tudor times. I’ve always been fascinated with that period in British history, so of course I like these books. There are some other random books in that stack that I’m looking forward to as well. Landline is one of those. See, I finished reading Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell recently. I liked it well enough that I want to read her other books. I started Eleanor & Park months ago and couldn’t get into it, but I think that was due to the creepy guy trying to talk to me while I read in the car wash waiting area. I’m giving it another go now. (Fangirl and Eleanor & Park are on sale for $4.99 right now!)
I went into more details about books I read this month in this post if you want to know more.
On My TV: I finally caught up on Scandal! There were a few episodes that really made me think about giving up on this show, but I’m glad I pushed through to the end. I can’t wait for it to come back on this fall. However, I did not push through in Orange is the New Black. James and I have given up on that one for now. I also tried to watch Married, but didn’t make it through the first episode. But if you read this blog much, you’ll know that James and I have started on LOST. We are about halfway through the first season, and I love it as much as I did the first time. It will take us a long time to get through this show, but I’m going to enjoy every minute! I need to check out what shows are coming back this fall other than Scandal, because I have no idea what I’m going to watch other than the Big Bang Theory and Modern Family. Any suggestions on shows to start?
On Me: I decided to cancel my Stitch Fix for this month, but I am still loving one of the shirts from my last fix! It’s my power shirt now, I feel confident in it. I need to buy a new pair of nude heels, but I haven’t found the right pair yet. But I have finally broken in my black heels that I’ve been wearing for months! Those babies were stubborn, but they finally fit well :)
In My Ears: Yup, still loving podcasts. I did stumble onto a comedian who I’m loving right now, though. I listened to John Mulaney’s New In Town recently and literally laughed out loud many times.
In My Belly:
Food - James and I had friends over a few weeks ago for dinner, and James grilled some amazing steaks! I didn’t even get a picture of them because we scarfed them down. We buy our steaks at the Meat House in Edmond; the steaks are pricier than regular grocery store steaks, but they are so worth it!! We also went to Yamatos for the first time last week for our three month anniversary. The food was good, but the experience wasn’t awesome. There was an older gentleman sitting a little too close to me who seemed a little off. Not in a sweet way, but in a creepy way. He drank soy sauce from a saucer while staring at me for an uncomfortable amount of time. And it was not my eyes he was staring at…. So yeah, not a great experience.
Drink - I had a Perfect Margarita from Charleston’s earlier this month and it was delightful. I usually get peach bellnis there, but a margarita sounded too good to pass up! It’s served in a shaker with a martini glass, and there is at least two drinks in that shaker. So you definitely get your money’s worth.
Other Important Stuff:
I got my ring back!
I found lots of thifted goodies! You can check out all my estate auction finds here, but I also found these awesome lamps at Salvation Army. Plus they were 50% off, so I spent less than $8 for the pair :)
Hope you all enjoy this last little bit of July!