Tuesday, September 13, 2011


Few people know this but my greatest fear is fire.

Once when I was a wee little girl...I read a goosebumps book about a girl who didn't know she had died in a fire.  She had started the fire on accident and then went to sleep.  She wandered around doing normal things for days not knowing she was dead.  Anyway I can't remember more than that but I do remember that it sparked a huge fear of fire in me.

Then when I was in high school,  I accidently set a lamp shade on fire in my room.  I put it out and and threw away the lamp.  It wasn't in flames, just burned a hole in the shade.  It was a long time until I bought another lamp...

Then last week fires were breaking out all over the place near Houston, in Magnolia and Waller Counties, about 30 minutes from where I work.  I heard on the radio that the Fire Dept was going around those areas and giving people 10 minutes to get their stuff and evacuate.  I had a dream Thursday morning, that the Fire Dept came to me at work and gave me 10 minutes to evacuate with all the kids.  My first thought was good think D has E this week so the kids actually all fit in my car.  My second thought was I can't do this. I am terrified of fire.

So I brought the kids to the park. Stupid thing really, there was quite a bit of smoke and haze.  Came home put N to bed.  I was getting ready for lesson time and I heard BANG BANG BANG....DING DONG DING DONG.  I thought "Good crap, what in the world???" I open the door and there is the Fire Chief in all his glory.

And I panicked. "We have to evacuate" Oh no...my dream is a reality.

Actually it was worse.

The fireman said, "We got a call that your fire alarm was going off and smoke coming out of your house?"

 I just stared at him.

"Your neighbor was walking by and noticed it."

Me: "We just got home and the alarm wasn't going off, I didn't smell or see anything, but I will do a walk through of the house.

Fireman: "Okay Ma'm we have gotten a few false calls today b/c the increase in smoke in the area."

Oh crap. Now I was worried.  I should of asked him to do the walk through, but he would of been loud and clunky.  And I had a baby sleeping.  So I nervously walked through the house.

It was all good. False alarm.

Thank goodness.

Then I saw this today: http://blog.chron.com/newswatch/2011/09/fire-breaks-out-near-george-bush-park/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

1 comment:

  1. I hate fire. We've had lots of fires around here, too. Yesterday, as I left work, I saw a huge, black smoke plume arching across the sky from somewhere close by. I was freaking out that it would spread, and we only live a mile away. So like an idiot, I drove TOWARD the smoke to find out where it was coming from. I ended up getting stuck in traffic as 20 fire trucks zoomed past. 30 minutes later, I was able to backtrack and make my way home. I had to leave soon for an appointment, and I seriously almost grabbed our laptops and boxes of pictures to put in the car as I was leaving. Scary!