Thursday, July 1, 2010

And then smoke billowed out of the kitchen

I wish I were joking.

Little Miss is on day 6 of her nursing strike. I was in the bedroom pumping and had asked Leelee to start the rice for dinner. I had to pick up D from the car rental and was really pressed for time. Originally, I was going to drop off kids, have Leelee make the rice while I'm gone. She cooks so it wasn't a big deal.

But, I decided to pump first even though it would mean being late picking up D

Such a small inconsequential decision and it probably saved my children and my home.

As I was pumping, Little B ran down the hall screaming "The kitchen's on fire!" Little B is trying to learn to be funny and will say things that aren't funny as "jokes" so I didn't move as quickly until I heard another child scream "FIRE!"

A pair of scissors was close enough to the gas burner that the scissors burst into flames! I calmly (I can't believe I was calm after the week I've had!) turned off the burner and put out the fire.

This was a good reminder to always have your kitchen fire extinguisher close at hand. Mine wasn't. I had to dump a cup of water on the flames.

My children weren't sure what to do. They were panicked. I don't blame them!

What made the situation even more threatening is our land line wasn't working today. If I had left right away, the children would have had no way to call for help. The fire could have gotten completely out of control. It was one of those moments where after everything that has happened to us, I was reminded of tender mercies. It was one choice. And now, I guess I can say breastfeeding literally saved my children's lives.


  1. Oh my, I have chill bumps from reading your writing. Sounds like you had a "God Wink!" So thankful that you and your family are safe and sound and also that your home was spared.

  2. I'd love to see what the writer of the "Does Breastfeeding Cause Divorce" post on BlogHer would have to say if she read this. Way to go, Mom, on keeping a cool head! It always awes me how big an impact such a seemingly small choice can make.

  3. God wink...never heard that it by the way!

    Life at your house is NEVER dull!

  4. Wow girl!! I love "god winks" too! God loves you. I see all the lessons you learn. between the both of us, we should make our own sit com!


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