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A visit from the Montclair Fire Department

To coincide with the Fire Department's visit to the area preschools, we decided to afford the neighbors a show of our own.

Now, I am certain that everyone with visiting parents has a story of their own about mom deep frying something or other, and a surprise visit by the fire department. I mean, my friends take out batteries and put their central systems off line during these times. Luckily, my mom doesn't deep fry. But, she does roast her own coffee. And this particular morning, she decided she needed to make a new batch. See, roasting coffee is not a difficult task, if one has a timed roaster. But, if you are doing it in a gas oven, on a cookie sheet, with a toddler running around, it get complicated.

It was about 9 am. I just dropped off my son at school, and decided to stop at Belgiovine for some of their amazing fresh pasta. I felt like treating myself with the good stuff. Just as I was exiting the store, I saw a fire truck speeding up the Bloomfield Avenue, sirens and lights ablaze. And I started praying: please don't make a right turn, please don't make a right turn... It made a right turn. I immediately knew they were heading to our House. Nothing beats a woman's intuition.

Sure enough, there were 2 fire trucks parked in front of the House. I never got so fast from the street to the front porch. I felt like I was flying. Everything was fine, of course, but I spent the rest of the day holding my kids very close to me.

There, now we have a fire department story of our own.

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