FIREFIGHTER BLOOD


I have firefighter blood. I am not a firefighter.
I am a sister to a firefighter. I am a niece to a firefighter.
I am a granddaughter to a firefighter. I am a cousin to firefighters.
I have firefighter blood.

I grew up in a firefighter house. I listened to the scanner.
I anxiously awaited details about the call.
I was relieved when the firefighters returned.
Sirens do not bother me.
Sirens remind me that someone is risking their life for another human being.
I wake to sirens each night. I do not sleep through them.
I am not annoyed when sirens awaken me.
I am appreciative that someone, again, is risking their life for another human being.

Flashing lights are a sign to me that help is on the way.
I quickly retreat from the path of the flashing lights.
I sometimes even follow the flashing lights.
Why?
I have firefighter blood.

Firefighter blood is uncommon. Firefighter blood breeds in families.
Firefighter blood injects adrenaline into all it touches. Mothers, daughters, sons, fathers.
It touches all who are connected by blood. Firefighter blood teaches true compassion.
True service. True human emotion. True fear. True love for those who serve.
I have firefighter blood.

I never escape from the sight of emergency. I lean towards the need to serve.
I support all others who have firefighter blood. I support my brother, the firefighter.
I support my uncle, the firefighter. I support my cousins, the firefighters.
I support my grandpa, a great firefighter.
I support the firefighters who never leave my brother's, uncle's,
cousins', grandfather's side in time of duty.
I have firefighter blood.

My children will have firefighter blood.
As my mother has firefighter blood, I, her child, has firefighter blood.
It is an endless cycle that will never be stopped.
Compassionate, loving, brave people emerge from the families that breed firefighter blood.
My family is tied together by firefighter blood.
We are not only tied to one another, but all who serve and all who touch
our lives through the veins of firefighter blood.

I have firefighter blood. I am not a firefighter.
I am a sister to a firefighter. I am a niece to a firefighter.
I am a granddaughter to a firefighter. I am a cousin to firefighters.
I have firefighter blood.


-Alexa Thomas, Copyright 2001
Alexandria, VA