Once you have a firefighter in your family, your family and the families from his crew become one big extended family. -Denis Leary
Today was a great day! I have not taken Liam to visit his daddy at the fire station in a long time, because Russ is hardly ever just hanging out at the station. My husband works in a very busy area and is pretty much go-go-go on his 24 hour shifts. Liam and I decided to make the trek to the station because Liam is completely smitten with firetrucks right now (and we are both pretty smitten with daddy too!). All he wants to do is play with 4 or 5 firetrucks at a time. The other day I heard sirens during his naptime and after quickly checking outside for signs of a firetruck or smoke, I realized that Liam snuck one into his bed and was playing with it instead of sleeping. His daddy would be very proud, to say the least.
When we visited, Russ' engine company received a few calls, so we waited a few minutes to see if he would return to the station pretty quickly. This happened twice so we had the opportunity to visit with some of our fire family. I forget how truly different the station is (at least the ones at his station) when it comes to making you feel like family. They do. They do not treat people like outsiders or ignore them - they are kindhearted, welcoming people who are so natural at talking with people. I mean, they make people feel comfortable for a living while they are on medical calls. They try to calm family members during serious calls. Sometimes they have to deliver bad news on the scene of a crisis. It is exhaustive list of possibilities, as anyone in the first response/medical field can attest to.
I was reminded that we, too, can follow their example of dealing with people. To make people feel comfortable and welcome, no matter who they are or what they look like. To be seen as someone who tries to make peace wherever they go, no matter what they are doing. We will always encounter angry people, people who are having a bad day, and people who are just downright frustrated with life. Maybe we can help brighten their day. Bring hope, a small act of kindness, or a smile during their difficult moments. The words of Ghandi ring loudly in my ear tonight, "Be the change you wish to see in the world."
Thank you, to our first responders, for working so diligently to help bring peace to a broken world.
We salute all of our first responder heroes and their families - thank you for making a difference.
Lizzy Christian received her Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling - Crisis Response and Trauma from Liberty University's Graduate School. Lizzy started her career as a High school Athletic Director and transferred over as a School Counselor to follow her passion for helping the hurting. She is married to a Firefighter/EMT who is working toward his last few phases of becoming a Paramedic. Liz is a contributing writer to Start Marriage Right and was also published with Relevant Magazine.