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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Do you know?

I have ALWAYS wondered how calm I would be in the heat of disaster. Would I be able to use my skillz of CPR and save a choking baby? Would I be able to lift a car off of a trapped child? If Rob fell over and became unresponsive would I be able to revive him? If there were a fire in my home would I be able to get everyone out of the house? If there were ever a fire on my stove would I be able to put it out before it spread?

I have had these thoughts often and I have thanked my lucky stars that I have not had to find out BUT still, I just wonder...

On another note...

If you go to cook some lunch on your stove and there is food in the unit, don't turn the unit on thinking that it will just burn off. And if you do anyway and it starts to really smoke up the house and you wonder why you didn't take my advice, don't try to fan the smoke away. And if you do fan the smoke away and that little fire starts in the unit, ask yourself if this is the moment you have been wondering about and if you are calm enough to take care of the impending disaster. You might also quickly ask yourself these other questions (yes there is time, somehow I just know): Is this the kind of fire that you aren't supposed to put water on or that you are? Isn't there a common household item that I can throw on it to smother it?

Then calmly walk over to the cupboard and try to look through everything while trying to remember what it is. Salt? No. Oil? He he! Snort! That was funny. (Oh yeah you have a fire to put out.) Corn starch? No. That would not be it. Corn starch is flammable. Not that I would know or anything. But... If you do put cornstarch on it and the flames get higher, a kid-size cup of water should do the trick. When it is all out, then you might remember that DUH it wasn't cornstarch. It is baking soda! (At least that is what I have heard. At this point you wouldn't know if it works as you don't have any fire left to try it on.)

As you clean up the awful mess that you made and you realize that the kids are all safe in the living room (and not outside under our if-there-is-ever-a-fire-in-the-house meeting place), then you will know. You got what it takes. You could be a firefighter. You could work as a paramedic, you CAN work in an ER. I wonder if they are in need of volunteer fire fighters.



My prayers will be extra long tonight as I pray real hard that He will NEVER show me my strength through any harder trials than that have much to be thankful for that we are all safe, my mom and dad's house will be here when they get back, and that NOW I KNOW.

7 comments:

Abby said...

I totally know what you mean. If that ever happened, just make sure your 5 year old son isn't in the room because IF he is, he will run out of the house screaming and over to Grandmas to tell her that Mom is on fire.

Pineapple Princess said...

Just hope you never have to hear a fire fighter tell you he has never smelled burned coconut milk before. And I am so glad you didnt have to hear one tell you he had never smelled burned corn starch before!

Pineapple Princess said...

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BonBon said...

I can't imagine it smells too bad actually, maybe like popcorn or something?

cory and sharon said...

I bet Wendy could tell you that a firefighter told her he's smelled lots of burnt grills before. Wendy?

Tamster said...

Wow, Bon! I'm sure glad that none of that has ever happened to you so that you haven't had to find out! ;-)

When I was a kid first learning how to cook, I was scared to death of cooking with grease. I used to always keep the baking soda RIGHT NEXT TO THE STOVE for that potential emergency while cooking! I've grown out of thinking it needs to be out right next to the stove, but I will never forget that baking soda is what you need, and it is very accessible in the cupboard next to the stove! Just in case! :-)

Cindy said...

It really is amazing how the mind works when it NEEDS to! You would do great I am sure, but hope you never have to find out. ;)