Prior to all of this, during our dating days (and, really, prior to ), he was a volunteer firefighter (and paid the bills as a Paramedic).
I had an inkling of what fire life would be like but… He was hired by the fire department shortly after our wedding.
Not all in the same year (though that list in the previous sentence is true for us this year, sigh) but eventually, all of them. On days you have plans to work on the house or get things done, they will be needed at the fire house.
On a day that you planned on doing nothing more than relaxing, the sound of fire sirens leaving the station will bring a halt to your attempt at relaxation, nerves on edge. Their nature is one of loyalty and, as such, reliability.
To boot, pun intended, your spouse can be an example of how staying clean, being responsible and working hard can benefit your child when they’re a grumpy teen wanting to follow the crowd.
There will be a fully involved structure fire on the morning of your big interview, leaving you scrambling to find child care.
They will work on your birthday, their birthday, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and every other holiday imaginable.
And during our honeymooning year, I got the baptismal by fire, literally, into the depths of fire life.
And so, I have some advice, of course, having lived this life for five years now.