When Your Son Goes to Overnight Camp and a Raging Forest Fire Breaks Out Nearby, What to Do?
Thank god for, Twitter...
as I was killing time thumbing through my Twitter feed before picking my girls
up from Theater Camp, Soccer Camp, Fill Those Summer Days Camp, I came upon a
story that was following a newly sparked forest fire up in the mountains.
another one, I thought.
then, rubbing my eyes and re-Googling the location, I realized that this fire is
located just 10 miles from where we’d deposited our son for a two week
overnight camp the day before.
fire? 10 miles away??? From my SON???!!!
West is burning right now with these recent 100 degree temps and the Earth is
pleading in a scratchy, parched voice “Water!!!” Recent tragedies of the Arizona
29 and others have us public on alert.
now, unfortunately, I find myself on REAL alert. For this blaze is burning just
miles, mere MILES, away from where my little preemie first born, who is now my
confident, strapping son, is thrashing around on canoes and ropes-courses,
building his independent, manly ways.
here I sit, keys in hand, ready to hop into our Prius or Beast, drive up there,
cross all fire-lines, and single handedly PUT OUT any and all flames the way a
super-human mom would do, lest that fire gets even AN INCH closer to my son.
probably get arrested. But I’d also be a hero in my book.
communication from the camp combined with tracking my Twitter have calmed my
own mommy-rescue-fires. The fire calmed last night and is nearly contained by a
“fire break.” Which means, it’s surrounded by firefighters. (But why am I stuck
I will respect the Camp's decision making. I will not panic. I know he’s in good hands.
I will keep my own keys and my Twitter-feed nearby…. Just in case………