Just got back online from a few days off. I couldn’t believe the amount of stuff I had to catch up on here! As I was reading previous postings more were coming in on the board.
I was going to respond about “Normal Woman’s” post and just as I was starting this email she responded back. Ever since Mellie posted her insight (about the fire buddy coming for dinner) a few days ago I have been looking at things a little differently. What I was going to say and I guess I still am, is: Normal Woman’s post sounds like someone who needs us and our support. I re-read her post several times. I couldn’t help thinking her response comes from years of having someone tell her to “toughen up and quit whining”. Anyway, I think maybe we should invite her to share the reasons and experiences that led up to her post. After all, she came to this list for a reason. I don’t think it was just to be a pain in the ***. Just maybe she needs our support and friendship. Just a thought.
Anyway enough of that…I wanted to share a wonderful (and rare) experience I had the other day! Sunday night I was talking to my guy on the phone and he asked what I was doing like he always does when he calls. I said the usual stuff and added that I was thinking about making a batch of goodies for the crew but that I didn’t know how I would get them up to them. He says, “Well just drive them up here.” (Our home is only about 80 miles from the fire). I asked are you sure, you won’t get in trouble? He said, no I won’t get in trouble, come on up.
So, the next morning I loaded my daughter and myself, along with the goodies into the truck and headed up there. The fire’s just about finished and people were being demobed, so the helibase was not a bustling free-for-all but it was exciting for us! And the crew was happy for some homemade goodies. I got up there just before lunch, so they had dessert for their lunch. I am so grateful I had the chance to go up there and see what goes on. Ladies, those of you who are like me – not in fire – if your chance comes to go up to fire camp, GO!!! I was only there maybe a half hour, but the fact that he shared this with me will last a lifetime!
It good to see you made it home safely and you’re back online!
Heli Groupie (formerly AMM)