there’s a man.
a special kind of man.
he’s the one you call.
that’s the label you read about him now.
a fire fighter.
there he is.
to stand in front of a monster.
one with back drafts
and capricious ways
the ultimate power of unbelievable forces.
there he is.
til it’s over.
he has so little to fight it with.
not among the least of his tools.
we take him for granted.
OR . . .
i do not.
my husband bob was a fire fighter
the years he was in the air force.
and after i lost my bob . . .
i dated a fire fighter for awhile.
i do not take for granted.
there’s just something about a man
whose FIRST instinct . . . is different.
well . . .
in today’s world of violence anyway . . .
he sort of just stands out in my mind.
is unlike so many men who seem to think
‘macho’ to kill.
you know . . .
those types who seemingly enjoy killing something
this man . . . is different.
his first instinct always
is not to run. not to take the easy way.
his FIRST instinct
is to save a life.
and it doesn’t even have to be a human life.
it’s ANY life.
no matter how small.
or seemingly unimportant.
austin fire fighters
it’s not always a fire. they’re in the floods too.
that’s a dog.
he’s getting mouth to mouth resuscitation
from a fire fighter.
sometimes he even saves people!
these firefighters saved a family
from this dangling car.
but it’s when they fight the good fight.
the terrible fight.
as deadly as the fire itself.
under unsurmountable odds.
they keep on.
they keep fighting.
it’s during these.
these beautiful devastating
that we need them the most.
and they are there.
they’re always there.
this post is dedicated to the courageous men
who are still fighting
the wild fires in our state as i write this.
thousands have been evacuated.
today it reached over 90 degrees.
and the wind has never stopped.
it’s as much their enemy as the fire itself.
they are out there.
one man died in this fire.
not a fire fighter. but a man who didn’t evacuate.
thousands have evacuated. and homes have been lost.
many of the fire fighters themselves have been
treated for smoke inhalation
and then sent back on the job.
don’t you know they must be bone weary.
and their lungs and eyes hurt.
we’re expecting huge storms tonight.
maybe some blessed rain will fall.
the wind is blowing hard now.
30 mph with 40 gusting winds.
dangerous to say the least.
to all of you fire fighters.
whether fighting a fire right now wherever you are . . .
and hey old bean . . .
not ALL of them are guys.
til soon old bean.