I love this board.
Thanks for backing us up from the guysâ€™ side Robbie.
And way to give that gal a run for her money. What a great group. Actually, I have to laugh that she chose to be posted as â€œNormal Womanâ€ because, after all, what â€œnormalâ€ woman is a firefighter? What â€œnormalâ€ woman puts up with having a relationship with a firefighter?! Ha! I think it is great we can help each other out through the tough moments . . .
In reading Normal Womanâ€™s post I was reminded of this one female HS I saw once. She had started FF when it wasnâ€™t so common for women to HS and man, was she rough and tough. She chewed tobacco and everything. I remember thinking to myself when I saw her â€œthat is a woman who feels like she has something to prove!â€ And I can understand that. It couldnâ€™t have been easy for her back in the day and I have to be grateful to her for paving the way, but I canâ€™t help but feel a little sad for her as well, like maybe she chose to or had to sacrifice a little too much of something. Like she felt obligated to sacrifice all remnants of her womanhood on the alter of Forest Service machismo. Not long after I met another female FF from the same district, she probably hadnâ€™t been doing it quite as long, but she was such a great role model for me, even though I only spent 20 minutes in her company. She was strong and tough but still had this feminine quality to her. Kind of reminded me of the legendary Amazon women â€“ tall, strong, 100% womyn! Wow, she was cool.
Interestingly enough, I find that these days I am much more girly during my off time. I am sure it is a result of the fact that I have such a macho job, I end up compensating.
The guys here keep asking me about how my boots feel and if they are broken in yet and how much pain am I in, etc. Honestly, they donâ€™t really hurt. After about 18 hours my feet are a little tiered but they arenâ€™t bad. Really, these guys have NO idea how excruciating stylish strappy heels can be . . . and men think they are tough! They wouldnâ€™t last 15 minutes in a strapless bra and three inch heels! (Funny mental pictures of my boss in a slinky dress-heehee!)
Bottom line-women can be tough by being women. And I donâ€™t think being worried about relationships is something inherently female either. Men worry too, as demonstrated by previous postings on this board by men and by the wives/girlfriends of men. I loved FireMommaâ€™s posting about her husband calling her mom when he couldnâ€™t get her on her cell! How sweet! That is the way it should be!