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  • the burning home

    this is a story that was e-mailed to me that i thought was pretty endearing, so i thought i would share it with you all as well.

    The Burning Home

    A couple, who we shall call John and Mary, had a nice home and two
    lovely children, a boy and a girl. John had a good job and had just
    been
    asked to go on a business trip to another city and would be gone for
    several days. It was decided that Mary needed an outing and would go
    along too. They hired a reliable woman to care for the children and
    made
    the trip, returning home a little earlier than they had planned.

    As they drove into their hometown feeling glad to be back, they noticed

    smoke, and they went off their usual route to see what it was. They
    found a home in flames. Mary said, "Oh well it isn't our fire, let's go

    home."

    But John drove closer and exclaimed, "That home belongs to Fred Jones
    who works at the plant. He wouldn't be off work yet, maybe there is
    something we could do." "It has nothing to do with us." Protested Mary.

    "You have your good clothes on lets not get any closer."

    But John drove up and stopped and they were both horror stricken to see

    the whole house in flames. A woman on the lawn was in hysterics
    screaming, "The children! Get the children!" John grabbed her by the
    shoulder saying, "Get a hold of yourself and tell us where the children

    are!" "In the basement," sobbed the woman, "down the hall and to the
    left."

    In spite of Mary's protests John grabbed the water hose and soaked his
    clothes, put his wet handkerchief on his head and bolted for the
    basement which was full of smoke and scorching hot. He found the door
    and grabbed two children, holding one under each arm like the football
    player he was. As he left he could hear some more whimpering. He
    delivered the two badly frightened and nearly suffocated children into
    waiting arms and filled his lungs with fresh air and started back
    asking
    how many more children were down there. They told him two more and Mary

    grabbed his arm and screamed, "John! Don't go back! It's suicide! That
    house will cave in any second!"

    But he shook her off and went back by feeling his way down the smoke
    filled hallway and into the room. It seemed an eternity before he found

    both children and started back. They were all three coughing and he
    stooped low to get what available air he could. As he stumbled up the
    endless steps the thought went through his mind that there was
    something
    strangely familiar about the little bodies clinging to him, and at last

    when they came out into the sunlight and fresh air, he found that he
    had
    just rescued his own children.

    The baby-sitter had left them at this home while she did some shopping.
    9/11/01, never forget.

  • #2
    Re: the burning home

    One of the most obvious oportunities to be thankfull.
    Good one OSC.
    Last edited by drtyhands; 10-19-2007, 09:41 AM. Reason: add

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    • #3
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      WOW,i dont have kids but this story is VERY EMOTIONAL!

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      • #4
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        A good lesson in helping others out. I myself think about myself before others too often . Really hits home more after you have your own children.

        Nice post OSC

        Josh

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        • #5
          Re: the burning home

          even braver of you to admit to that josh
          9/11/01, never forget.

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          • #6
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            Josh, that is a natural instinct, self preservation. I think people who put themselves at risk for others are super human, firefighters, law enforcement and such. I wasn't sure if the story was true but it does illustrate how some women can react to getting involved in such matters. I'm the kind of guy who will tell someone if they're getting a flat, or offer to help them if they're in need, while my wife is ready to shoot me for going out of my way. I'm not suggesting we put ourselves in harms way and do the work or trained professionals, but it feel good to help. Even little things like letting a person who is holding a baby get in front of you when you're on line, brighten the soul and make your tiny part of the world a little nicer. If you're planning to be of help in the future, consider carrying a good length of strong rope in your trunk, fire extinguisher, good work gloves, electrical or duct tape, who knows maybe someday you might save a life?

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            • #7
              Re: the burning home

              Good post FRankiarmz

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