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Friday, September 4

We Didn't Start the Fire (Billy Joel)

I'm no stranger to fire.  Back during my high school years, our boarding school burnt slap up.  We'd had several fire drills, but in the 'heat of the moment,' it was a different animal.  Some of us had the flu.  It was bedtime.  Some were in the showers.  It was the same time of the month that we usually had drills.  All of these factors added up to a few people blowing off the "fire drill," and just trying to get some rest.  
Luckily, one of the security guards came through the hall and ensured that everyone was safely out.  We may have stood around outside for hours in a towel, but we were safe.  Afterward, thirty girls were left homeless, and the only place to put us was in the guest apartment, conveniently located in the boys' dorm!  Don't worry.....we made the most of it.  *wink*  See those clothes....they were "new to us."  We shared a lot over the next month or so, bonded quite a bit, and came back to a new & improved hall the next year.

Would you know what to do if a fire started in your home? Would your kids? Take the time now to review fire safety facts and tips so your family will be prepared in the event of a fire emergency in your home.

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These memories were stirred up, and the need for fire safety precautions brought to the forefront at our home recently, when the (quite large) shop caught fire and burned down within an hour or so.  It was a total loss, but no one was hurt.
Who'd have thought that something so large would come down in so short a time?

Our son was excited that he wouldn't have to mow the lawn anymore!!

Even the metal items were so badly scorched that they disintegrated as we tried to move them.

Inside, we found a few remnants of tools leftover from the 1930's-1960's.  These were "family heirlooms," passed down from one carpenter to the next.

They're just things, and most things can be replaced.  Not all of them.  There are a lot of memories in this building.  I posted this on our Facebook page a couple of weeks ago, and stand by the request.  If anyone can help him to find peace, it would be much appreciated.

I have a personal request to make...
Our shop / barn burnt down a few weeks ago, and we have been trying to salvage, but there isn't really anything left. It was a 70 x 30 shop, so you can imagine. Eventually, most of it can be replaced; however, my father-in-law, a Navy man of 30+ years, had all of his uniforms and memorabilia out there, since it was "his" spot. His man cave, if you will. Nothing was salvaged.
I know that many of you have parents and grandparents that are veterans, or maybe you are one yourself. Does anyone have SeaBee or Vietnam-era memorabilia that they would be willing to part with? Maybe a dad has seven or eight uniforms / shirts just sitting in a closet? If I could find something for him, I know it would mean so much. It's true...he's never going to wear them again, but this was his entire life, and his entire identity. You can see that he is lost at the moment. I'd love to find something to ground him, and bring back some peace.
Maybe _you_ can't help, but one of your friends could. Would you mind sharing this post? If you can help, please message me. The tools, the appliances, the tractors, the odds and ends...all of that can be eventually replaced. I can't do much about the antiques and such that he had from _his_ grandfather, but I can try to help replace this one small part for him.
Thank you. smile emoticon