8 Things Children Of Firefighters Can All Relate To, Too Well

8 Things Children Of Firefighters Can All Relate To, Too Well

8. You love the reaction you get when you say your parent is a firefighter
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1. Visiting the firehouse for a school field trip isn’t that big of a deal

For most kids, one of the most exciting field trips in elementary school is the day you get to walk to the local firehouse. However, if your parent sleeps there every third night, you’ll end up spending a pretty decent amount of time there. All the other kids get so excited to sit in the firetrucks and see the inside of an ambulance but that is old news to you. Been there, done that.

2. If your school fire alarm ever went off, you would hope your parents station would be the one that came

Whenever the fire alarm at school would go off you’re first thought would ALWAYS be which station would be coming, and if you would see anyone you know. As the firetrucks pulled into the parking lot, you would check the number on the side of the truck and think if you knew any firefighters at the station. You would also always wish you wore a sweatshirt with your last name on it in hopes of another firefighter recognizing you.

3. You get used to planning events around their weird work schedule

Because firefighters have such a different schedule than any other job you learn to work with it. Sometimes that means celebrating holidays a day early or getting up extra early on Christmas morning to open gifts before your dad has to leave for work. On special days you typically have to stop at the firehouse to see them.

4. You get confused if three days go by and your parent has spent every night at home

Don’t get me wrong, I love when my dad gets a vacation day but its always weird having him around for more than two full days at a time. Typically, the only time that happens is when your family actually goes on vacation.

5. It was totally normal to see a firetruck pull up to your sporting events

Just because your parent is on duty does not mean that they are willing to miss a sporting event. It never phased you or any of your teammates to see a firetruck and a squad of firefighters come to your games. However, it was always funny seeing the confused look of the other team, because they never knew why so many firemen showed up

6. Every time you see a firetruck or ambulance in your town you check to see if you know the driver

Even if you know it wont be your parent, but there is a very high chance its your parents friend. Although they wont see you, its still exciting and in a weird way, rewarding when you know the person behind the wheel.

7. You constantly get asked if you get worried when your parent is on duty

For some reason the answer is no. Although everyone is aware that this is a very dangerous job, I don’t worry. For children of firefighters, it is just simply an occupation. Since before I can remember it was normal for my dad to put on his uniform and go to work. I am used to him leaving for work in the morning and coming home the following day, so the thought of danger has never phased the kids.

8. You love the reaction you get when you say your parent is a firefighter

Everyone always seems to think it is the coolest thing in the world to know a firefighter. When people seem amazed at the job your parent holds, it makes you proud to be able to have such an important figure as your parent.

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An Open Letter to the Best Friend I Didn't See Coming

Some people come into your life and change you forever—thanks, bestie.
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Dear best friend,

I wasn't expecting you when God placed you in my life. I had my friends. I had my people. I wasn't exactly open to the idea of new meaningful friendships because I had the ones I needed, and it didn't seem like I really needed anybody new.

Thank God that was false. Sometimes you meet people and you just know that you're going to be good friends with. Sometimes you meet people and you realize that there is no such thing as chance. I think God has a funny way of making it seem as if the things that happen to us are by chance, but honestly, that’s a load of crap. If the biggest moments of our lives were left up to chance, then I believe that would make God out to seem as if he didn’t care. It would make it seem as if He was truly abandoning me and making me face some of my most important seasons fully isolated. But you, best friend, are a true testament to the fact that God doesn’t just leave such important aspects up to chance. Thank you for taking a chance on our friendship, and thank you for allowing me to take a chance on what I didn’t realize would be the most impactful friendship in my entire life.

Thank you for being real with me. Thank you for not sugar coating things. Thank you for telling me when I have a bad attitude. Thank you for loving me through my mistakes. Thank you for supporting me in my decisions, even if it isn’t always the decision you would make. Thank you for wanting the best for me, and for making that your true intent behind the words that you say to me, whether they be constructive criticism or encouragement.

Thank you for being a goof with me. Thank you for putting me first. Thank you for seeing the importance of our friendship. Thank you for making time in your schedule for us to just sit and do homework, eat Mexican food, or sit on the porch and listen to music that emotionally wrecks you.

You’re one of a kind. You’re a shoulder to lean on. You’re a safe place. You’re a free spirit. You’re rough and tough, but your heart melts for the people you love and it’s obvious. You’re more than meets the eye. You are worth getting to know. You are worth loving. You pursue people. You are passionate about your future. You are everything that a person needs, and I really thank God that for some reason you continue to choose to be in my life. Thank you for literally dragging me up my mountains of fear when I want to stay exactly where I am at and wallow in the sadness. You bring joy—true joy—wherever you go. You are my best friend, confidant, and biggest fan. You will be the Maid of Honor, Godmother, and fun Aunt.

I used to think lifelong friendships weren’t really a thing. It just seemed like people always grew apart and forever was never a point that was attainable. Best friends forever is a cliché phrase that is continuously overused nowadays (sometimes, I even used to make light of it), but thanks for making that a reality. You are truly the best friend I could have asked for. So thank you for it all. You make life more fun, and I couldn’t thank God more for making an incredible human, friends with me.

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To The Ones Who Are Always There, Thank You And I Love You

Sure, we may not always get along or see eye-to-eye, but at the end of the day, I know they only want whats best for me.

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In your life, you go through the phases of friend groups, best friends, and boyfriends — yet we feel lonely at times too. But there are two people who have been there for us since day one and I know always will be, our parents.

Sure we may not always get along or see eye-to-eye but at the end of the day, I know they only want what's best for me. My parents are some of the strongest and most independent people I know, they have taught me things separately and together. And without them, I wouldn't be the strong independent person I am today.

My mom has always been my best friend, someone I can turn to in times of happiness and sorrow. And she always has some of the best advice. She's taught me patience and to treat everyone with kindness.

A mom can be your best friend and your enemy, but they always want what's best. Even if they don't always see your side of the story, sometimes they are the unbiased opinion you need.

A mom can be there when your crying at 2 a.m. over a boy, but also be the one to sit you down and tell you that you are the dummy for getting back together with him. They are the person who will hype you up with the girl in your fifth period does nothing but tear you down. She's there with the best advice in the worst times.

My dad has always been my motivation, the one who knows my full potential even when I don't. He pushes me to be the best me I can be. Even when I think I'm already there, he pushes me harder and shows me everything I am capable of.

A dad can be your coach, your leader, and your teammate.

They can push you past your limits sometimes, but they always just want you to do everything you are capable of. A dad can be someone who has the most wisdom even when you think you are the smartest person in the room. They can grind your gears with the sarcastic comments and the way they always prove you wrong. But no matter what, they teach us life lessons on a daily basis.

There are the small things, and big things, that our parents do that make us who we are today, so go to your parents and give them the biggest hug you can. Tell them thank you and I love you.

Because they are the ones who are always there.

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