The Power of Fire

There is something about a fire that can completely mesmerize you. In a fireplace or campfire, it can hold your view and allow the conversation to flow. It allows for pauses without the awkwardness.

There is also something about the combination of little boys and fire that is somewhat frightening. We introduced our kids to fire the other day. We have a fireplace in our new house and we finally made use of it – to burn personal documents rather than adding them to the shred pile. The kids were so excited they were nearly bouncing off the ceiling. It worried me a little.

My husband comes from a long line of pyros. An alarming number of stories start with, ‘remember the time we burned the…’ You can insert things like ‘barn’ and ‘farmers field’ and there will be a story to follow. We don’t have a barn or farmers field. Should I be picking up some extra fire extinguishers?

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About dirtyrottenparenting

I'm a parent of two lovely (most of the time) children. I work full time out of the home and I don't cook well, bake, sew, or do crafty things. I keep my high heels and jewelry at my office because there's no point in having them at home.
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7 Responses to The Power of Fire

  1. The Husband says:

    Barns, fields, grass in the ditch, large piles of wood, books and notes once school was out, and, once, five twenty-five foot whole (dead) trees stacked together…among other things…a line of pros, indeed…

  2. galpod says:

    My brother is a pyro. My advice to you is yes. Definitely. Also teach them when to call 911 and basic first aid. Good luck! 🙂

  3. speaker7 says:

    Yes. My brother used to turn on the electric stove and dangle pepsi bottle labels over it. His bedroom rug had scorch marks on it from some really wonderful fire experiments I was not privy to.

  4. Kathy V. says:

    Know what I learned the hard way? Guitar picks are highly flammable. True story.

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