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Blog Your Blessings Sundays: Emergency Services...

I was struggling with this weeks blessing... I was trying to think of something... something I go discuss... something new... something that hit a chord...

...and I was coming up blank...

Like all things, however, the idea came in an instant... loud and clear.

An old friend called me on Saturday night. He's a bit younger than me and has a young family... and the first question I asked him reminded me of a huge blessing he received... and one that rings clear to us all.

His eldest daughter, about five years ago, was only seven years-old... and she was playing in their front yard while he and his wife washed the family car.

As he describes it, it was like every TV commercial for safety you've ever seen... she was kicking a ball around and it went into the street. His wife noticed first and started yelling and running towards her daughter... then he saw... the girl was starting off the curb, into the street to rescue the ball... and then then he heard the breaks...

He said he didn't remember much... it's like he heard the horn, the breaks, and then he was at his daughter's side.

The driver leaped out and was dialling emergency (911) while apologizing and almost crying... he got through and within almost no time, the firemen arrived first... then the ambulance... then the police.

His daughter was unconscious and he and his wife were terrified to move her... but the emergency service guys went quickly to work... and more importantly, they helped the two terrified parents and yes, a traumatized driver, deal with what had to come next... as far as the hospital and all...

The long and the short of it is that their daughter had a very nasty bump... bruising on her hip... and a concussion... but needless to say, survived them all much the the relief of everyone involved.

I often think I'm a "pretty with-it" guy... someone who could maintain and work through most emergencies... but in that case, like my friend, I'd be a basket case. I could only hope that I'd keep it together to help the kiddollo or Sue...

The one thing my friend has never stopped raving about was the fire-fighters/paramedics, ambulance attendants, and police officers that, in his eyes, appeared so quickly and helped so much...

The only time I've needed to call 911 for my family was when my father passed... and I too owe a big debt to those folks who showed up when my dad passed away...

It's like Kurt Vonnegut once said... I can think of no more stirring symbol of man's humanity to man than a fire truck.

My blessing today are those people who help when we need them... who are the front line of our emergency well being... the men and woman of our emergency services.

Sometimes, the term You're a real life saver! is more than a cliché... and I do believe they are a true blessing.

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This blog was started in April of 2006... its original itent was really twofold. One was to be a "sounding board" for it's author... and the other... well...

At the time we started this, your humble author was unemployed and going through the usual crisis situations that arise from being jobless.

We (my wife, stepdaughter, and I,) used to "amuse" ourselves (read: Take our minds off our troubles) by more-or-less fantasizing as a family about what we'd do when things "turned around". Along this route, we discussed going to England on a vacation... and in that, alighted on "double-decker buses".

We kind of adopted one bus... Regent Low Height 3... as Our Bus... and we used to talk about what we'd do with "our bus" if we got it... from fixing it up to the trips we'd take on it.

Along the way, we became students of the history of this bus which HONESTLY seemd it was truly for us... trouble was, we couldn't afford the bus and weren't in a position to work towards the bus... so we had a couple of options...

Since the bus' position was sketchy (there's a chance she might be sold for scrap or "carved up" in other ways,) we could forget about her and pretend she didn't exist...

...or we could TRY... ask for help... put our dream of owning and saving "One Old Green Bus" into the universe and see what happens...

As of February, 2008, we knew that there was a perspective buyer for the bus (not us, obviously,) and made some difficult decisions... The first was that we wouldn't "beg" for help anymore and give the little money we received to a few different charities both online and off... and the second was simply hope that either we find a corporate sponsor (for an "ad" idea we have, click here to about read that,) or even a patron who see's the value in a silly family's dream...

But, if the bus is about to be purchased by someone who's planning on restoring it and they "get there first", we wish them well and are glad that at least Our One Old Green Bus is in a safe place being looked after.

For now, though, we are still hoping WE might be the ones to get our One Old Green Bus and see a family dream come true...

Regardless, this blog WILL continue... and we will still "go for" a bus of our own... but this blog will ALWAYS be dedicated to our own One Old Green Bus.

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