Everyone Goes Home

This past weekend Hubby, Little Guy and I went to our local Fire Department. They were hosting a Pancake Breakfast & Open House. There were several fire trucks on display, and children were allowed limited access. Little Guy got to sit in the driver’s seat (of each and every one – he wouldn’t let us skip any). They gave him a “Jr Fire Marshal” hat, a sticker and a little drinking cup. We toured the station, ate pancakes and sausage and then sat in some more trucks. The firemen and women were all terribly kind and it was an honor to spend a little time amongst them.

The bravery of those folks often goes overlooked. I think we sometimes take for granted that there are people out there who are willing to risk life and limb to keep us safe. Firefighters, Emergency Workers, Police Officers, and Soldiers to name a few. We are so blessed to have so many who are willing to serve in such selfless fields. We are forever grateful for their sacrifice and our lives are better because they are here.

The event was fun and upbeat. There were no somber faces or sad tales told. The feeling in the air was festive and light. It was almost easy to forget the risks they take… almost. But there were reminders. The heavy boots and coats to keep skin from burning. The oxygen masks ready to help folks breathe. The hoses used to keep the flames at bay. And this simple message painted on the inside of each fire truck exit:

Everyone Goes Home

Wow. That sure says a lot, doesn’t it? It tells me that they know the risk is great, but that they are willing. It tells me that they will do all they can to bring back their brethren and also the citizens they help.

It tells me they are heroes.

I hope that our Little Guy will find men and women like these to be his role models. Super heroes and Sports figures are fine, but when it comes to finding a real hero, I hope he looks for more than a cape or a box score. I hope instead, that he looks to the local police station or fire department, the armory or the ambulance garage. That’s where the real heroes are.

I’d like to send out a big hearty “Thank You” to each and every real hero out there. God bless you all.


  1. I love the photo of your little man driving the truck!!! My hubby is a Police Officer and I am in awe of the work he does - and he doesnt think its remarkable at all. xxxx

  2. Hehe what fun! Great photos.
    Emergancy service men and women are such amazing people aren't they?

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  3. What a fun post, but with such am important thought behind it. I love the pictures of 'little man', he looks as if he is having a day to remember! Pancakes too...yummy!
    Z xx



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