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

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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18 Things That Happen When You Get A Good Roommate

Not every roommate story is a bad one.

Whenever you hear about roommate stories, they're almost never good, and they usually scare you into never wanting a roommate. "Did you hear her roommate steals her clothes?" "Her roommate doesn't shower!" "Wow, her roommate doesn't talk at all, and doesn't do laundry." From what I hear, there are more bad stories than good. That is why I consider myself lucky, because my roommate is nothing like one of those bad stories. When life hands you a good roommate after talking to about 40 girls through Facebook, a few things happen.

1. You always have someone to talk to.

2. You know each other's schedules, and whenever you both have a break is an exciting time.

3. You'll never have to dance alone.

4. You always have someone to do something with, even if it's just walking down the hall.

5. You both look out for each other, because this is your first time without your parents.

6. You always have a shoulder to lean on when things get tough.

7. Borrowing each other's things is a daily thing.

8. You TRY to help with each other's homework and assignments.

9. They're encouraging when it comes to boys. (Unless they're a f*ckboy.)

10. They're your biggest support system and your personal cheerleader.

11. They never forget to wish you luck on a big exam.

12. They accept how gross you are in the morning and not so pleasant sometimes.

13. You both know each other's favorite and least favorite things.

14. Leaving each other notes saying goodbye before class if you don't see them is normal.

15. Saying goodbye for breaks is upsetting.

16. Not seeing them all day is upsetting.

17. You have more pictures together than any of your other friends.

18. You found a best friend for life.

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An Open Letter To My Biological Parents Who Haven't Seen Me Since I Was Born

Every year when it's my birthday, do you think of me?



I know I haven't seen you guys since I was born, but I want you to know that every day, I think about you. I was lucky that the family that adopted me has stayed together so I got to grow up with two parents. However, I like to think that I grew up with four. Even if you weren't with me physically, a part of you was still around. I know both of you didn't end up together and got married to other people, but I want to know - does that technically bring up the parent count to six now?

Every year when it's my birthday, do you think of me? Is July 9th a day that you celebrate silently?

I want you to know that I'm okay. I grew up in a good neighborhood on Long Island where I went to elementary school, middle school, and high school. Every summer I went to Poland to see my family and even got to go to camp. The first summer I went to camp, I cried because I couldn't read in Polish so I had no idea what the plan for the day was or what was for dinner. And that fall, my parents enrolled me in Polish school. I hated it. I grew up playing soccer and volleyball and made captain in high school. My favorite subjects in school were always math and science because I loved learning and problem-solving.

I always grew up thinking that I was going to meet you on my 18th birthday, but it came and went and I still don't know you.

Something stupid that depresses me sometimes is when I go to a doctor's office and they ask me about my family's medical history. I always say I was adopted so I don't know what was genetically passed down or what I'm at risk for.

Being adopted is unique because you have two pasts: your biological parents' and your adoptive parents.' Some adoptees are okay with not knowing about their biological parents and treat them like a simple sperm and egg donor, but I want to know. I want to know everything. Your likes, your dislikes… I grew up an only child so do I have half siblings? That would be really cool because playing Candyland was lonely growing up.

Not knowing anything about you besides being genetically related makes me feel like no matter what I learn about myself, or how many times I 'find' myself, I still have a little piece of the puzzle missing.

I love you. I don't know you.

Hopefully one day we will meet and I can tell you about everything and everyone that is important to me. I want to thank you for giving me up for adoption and not aborting me because you gave me a life that is worth living - even if you haven't been a part of it.

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