The girl with the most beautiful smile........  

dubdub1970 46M
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5/15/2006 3:01 pm

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5/15/2006 3:04 pm

The girl with the most beautiful smile........


For all the talk about death despair and hopelessness as a serving firefighter there is ALWAYS a tale to lighten the gloom.......the sliver of light poking through the clouds... a day when you really feel priviliged to be there for people......as i genuinely always do.....its an honour to serve...but I digress.......and will tell the story of Rocky......the kitten who got stuck in the tree...a cliche yes.....but true nonetheless

This goes back 6 years now........on a fairly routine day for a firefighter....parade.....regular duties and so on......I was stationed on the outskirts of Dublin in the suburbs....always busy and active

After Lunch we got a call.........could we go to an address In Tallaght and..........rescue a kitten stuck up a tree...it didnt come in as an alarm call,instead directly through the main switch....so cue amused glances all around we got the details and off we went and got to the address in good time.....a call is a call after all

Of course the arrival of a big fire tender soon had every kid in a seemingly 50 mile radius milling to the house in question and kids being kids soon all sort of stories were circling.....the house had blown up....errrrrrr no.......a dead body had been found........errrrrrrrrr unlikely.....the kitchen was on fire.......well kid can you SEE flames.......down to someone had tried to light a fart and had been burnt to a crisp.....i decided not to ask someone to put that theory into practice......although with kids at my feet trying to probably rob the tender I was sorely tempted.....

Cue the arrival of one VERY embarassed lady......tired looking and when I saw her kids I could see why........she just didnt know who to call....she didnt have a ladder....neither did the neighbour...she hates heights......and anyway ..thats what we do isnt it.....hmmmmm.....yes its ok ...we dont mind....

So having been delegated to assess the situation I saw indeed that Rocky,was stuck in the tree....she belonged to Megan a tearful 6 yr old all tears ice cream and snot in one big mixture on her face.....she was a birthday present....I kew you couldnt f*cking look after her roared a very tense mother no doubt trying to get rid of neighbours sticking their hooters in....

Poor Megan...its ok Hun.......ill get her...she'll be down in no time......when was your birthday,did you have a nice time...did you get nice presents .....all questions to stop her roaring about poor rockys plight...........and of course...it worked....(what a charmer)

So up on the ladder.........up up up.........to the star of the show Rocky......who decided that having seen me.......she'd try and climb higher....no doubt saying in her cat mind......fuck this ......in staying here til im fed........cue Megan .....have you got her .....errrrrrrrr no nearly...........c'mon Rocky she yells...that'll help imn thinking.....it hasnt worked up to now.....

Eventually Rocky cant go higher........Ha....gotcha.......errrrrrrrr no...Rocky decided to test our Gloves.....and decided to indeed "bite the hand that saves".....for a kitten she had good teeth I can tell you...but fear not......Catman saved the day......and with Rocky fighting like a feline Mike Tyson.....down we came........me hoping that Megan isnt able to lip read my cursesabout her cat....no shes only 6 after all
So the hero of the hour .....and the plank who rescued it get back to terra firma...........Megan who now had more ice-cream tears and snot on her face than any living individual it seemed took her cat......who didnt seem to care about all the fuss......and purred at her ice-creaming loving owner.......and off they went to the kitchen..........for Rocky to be rewarded for its climbing by being fed..........theres a logic here im thinking......cue an even more embarassed mother thanking us soooo much....I feel like stranggling that f*cking cat seemed to be her only vocabulary..........i felt like saying....after me lady.........but smiled ...no problem.....we are always happy to help...

Then a little tug of my sleeve...........turned around....and theres Megan.......who had more snot on her face.........and now her sleeve.....

Mr Fireman.........thanks for getting my cat back....I wont let her into the tree until shes a big cat........no problem I say.......make sure you look after her wont you......shes a lovely cat...I will she sniffs....do you hear that yells her mother......well I know I did......and that if she didnt then Megan needed a hearing test ...fast....

But then.......the most beautiful smile appeared.....shy yet genuine......shining through like a beautiful Diamond...thanks mister she said again....her smile radiant.......cat saved....he hopes intact...her pet to play with again

No problem I said.......off she ran to her pals......Rocky.......wherever they all go......stories to tell.......games to play...drama already forgotten

The girl with the most beautiful smile....

What a job......what a privilige...thank you God

Its not all bad ........makes the job all worthwile.....as we drove away....kids running after us........mister can we be firemen.....

Yes........one day you can walk in our shoes...its us......and we are just like you....

Back to the real world.......this is our world.....from blazing buildings.......scenes of unimaginable suffering despair and death......to the simple gratitude of a child.....the girl with the most beautiful smile

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