Why the Tree of Life?

7.25.2008

Love Offering


Dunagan is in love with the firemen down the street. When the storm knocked out the power in our neighborhood, the firemen were on the scene for a little damage control, and Evan and Dunagan headed down to watch them. He got to look at the truck, and one of the men asked Dunagan to give him "five". He's recounted that episode to me several times.

We decided to make cookies for our local firehouse, and the plan was for him to take them down with Dad when Dad got off work. The excitement level in the house was palpable, and Dunagan was a ball of nervous energy. He decided to put his firesuit on the minute we were done baking cookies and then camped himself at the window at 3pm to watch for Dad (who gets home around 6pm).

"When the firemen see me in my firesuit, they're going to say, 'Hey, are you a fireman? Come drive the truck.' When's Dad going to be home?" Not for several hours. "When the firemen see these cookies, they're going to say, 'Yum, cookies! When they see my firesuit, the firemen are going to say, 'Hey, are you a fireman? Come drive the truck.' When's Dad going to be home?" 6 o'clock "When the firemen see these cookies, they're going to say, 'Hey, are those cookies for us?', and I'll give them to them, and then they will say, 'Hey, you're a fireman in your firesuit.' When's Dad going to be home? I'm hot." Do you want to take your firesuit off? "No. When's Dad going to be home?"

You can see how the afternoon went.

Dad came home a little early, thank goodness, and the two of them headed off to the firehouse. The firemen did enjoy the cookies, and one fireman in particular did say, "Hey buddy, are you a fireman?" which pleased Dunagan to no end. He got to climb up into the truck, but he did not get invited to drive. He didn't seem too crushed, though; perhaps he was overawed by being in the presence of divinity and forgot about his hopes of driving the truck. The friendly fireman urged them to come back at the end of the week when they had a NEW firetruck arriving. We haven't made it back, yet, but you can bet it's on the to-do list.

2 comments:

  1. SO sweet ... you'll be so glad in the future that you wrote this story down!

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  2. Dunagan you are so sweet. Hey, you're a fireman right?

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