there was black smoke billowing into the air. mountain man said, "let's check it out." we rounded the corner and quickly spotted bright orange blazes in the back yard. by the looks of it the fire was spreading quickly to the abandoned house. neighbors were looking on and some were trying to get the fire out by rugs or maybe a door mat.
mountain man was out of the door in a second. the kids and i watched and prayed from the car. no one had a hose. mountain man walked a short distance to the neighbor's house, turned on a hose and walked over to the fire. this was after he was sure the fire department had been called...one never knows.
he put the fire out in a few minutes. the firetruck came and mountain man walked back to the car after putting the garden hose in it's place.
and that was it. we didn't think another thing about it. see a need, fill it.
but...to trooper, his daddy is a hero. this small act made a huge impact on our four year old son. for days later i would hear him say, "my heart is happy. i'm so glad daddy stopped to help with the fire."
what would have happened if we just shrugged and said, "ahhh...let's let the other people handle it. let's not get involved?" that is all too easy to do. in fact, i've heard in other countries few people do any good deeds for fear of being held responsible.
who knows whether mountain man saved the house from damage or hindered it from spreading to neighboring homes. if so, that's wonderful. but, more importantly he made a lasting impression on his kids' heart.
see a need, fill it. end of story.
*i'm not advocating trying to be superman and neither is mountain man. use your head. if you see a situation you feel like you can help out with then awesome. if it's way out of your comfort zone then call for help or find another way to assist. maybe take cookies to the fireman after the situation is under control. there is a right time and place for everything. praying is always the best line of defense. =)