Amanda Banker

The Fireman - Amanda  Banker

The Fireman

Painting Oil on Board  
12 x 12 in

"Houses catch fire, that's just what happens."
A massive lightning storm loomed over the village. The flash of light gave way to the crash of thunder and sparks ignited the roof of the fireman own house. He was on the opposite side of the village when it happened. The fireman and his crew arrived on the scene in a matter of minutes, but the house was engulfed in flames. The crew rushed inside anyway, and in the darkness of the smoke, rescued his wife, his young son and even the pet lizard.
The family stood heavy-hearted on the lawn and watched the fire consume the house, even as crew did what they could. The firefighter soon made it clear that it was no longer of any use, as not even the rain had made this fire recede. Then, he retrieved a small bag from his truck and sat as close as he could to the fire without being scorched. He took a long stick and placed a marshmallow on the end, and roasted it. He calmly roasted marshmallow after marshmallow and passed them down the line. His wife and son soon joined him. They laughed a little and hugged as the house became ash.
The newspaper reporter questioned the fireman about his behavior. "Houses catch fire, that's just what happens. Sometimes you have to let it burn. And when life gives you a house fire, you might just have to roast some marshmallows."