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RealTalk Ep 13: The Time I Burned My House Down

The Time I Burned My House Down


One of the most disastrous events usually happens during this time of the year. Hopefully, no one from you experiences it yet. I would like to tell you a story. It often comes up during this time of the year. And I thought to share it with you guys.

So, when I was in seventh grade, I always love fireworks. Absolutely loved them. In fact, my favorite was bottle rockets. I used to carry around a backpack full year-round of bottle rockets and ready to shoot them off at any given moment, with these bottle rockets. We lived in a country, so we weren’t subject to any kind of regulations or statutes that didn’t allow for fireworks all year round. So, I quite literally did shoot fireworks off all the time. In my seventh-grade year, the month of April, I was playing with the bottle rocket outside and shooting them off my back deck. Well, my mom had given a warning to not be shooting fireworks close to the house. But I being a seventh grader and one who knows everything, especially advice from my mother, decide that you know what? I might as well just go ahead and shoot these off. So, standing off my back deck, shooting bottle rocket off my back deck. Quite fun! But I had to get some school work done, so after completing a little bit of time outside doing so, I went inside working on some homework. Then I sit at the kitchen table, and, I look over the sliding door and I saw something fall over. I thought it was kind of odd. So, I get up and look over and saw the whole back of my house is on fire, literally engulfed in flames

And, of course, you know, panic ensues. And I think, oh, as a seventh-grader, “What can I do to fix this? How can I stop this from happening? What are my parents going to say?” So, I go outside and get the water hose and I try to put the fire out. It wasn’t but a few seconds that I realized that this was not something that I was going to be able to do myself. So instead of calling 9-1-1, at this point, I heard sirens and I called my mom and I told her, hey, mom, the house is burning down. Of course, she told me to call 9-1-1. I told her it was too late. They’re already coming and got the dogs out and our house was engulfed in flame. Quite a story, right? It’s something that carries with me. And because it was done with a bottle rocket, what we have come to conclude is that on shooting these bottle rockets off, one either went back or shot the wrong direction and got into some straw that we had for our dogs under the deck. Then from there, went up the siding and in through the attic and through most of the house. So responsible for that. It was definitely, definitely something I’ll never forget for my entire life. And if you’ve ever been inside of a home, that’s been burnt. There’s a unique smell. It’s very distinct. That’s something that is ingrained in my memory, especially over the weeks after going through, cleaning things out, figuring out what we can save and what we couldn’t. I don’t know what it was like for my parents, you know, from a financial standpoint, from an emotional standpoint. But I know for me, it was definitely it was a long-lasting and ingrained experience, so much so that to this day, fireworks to me are fun to look at in the distance.

Things have changed now that I have kids. We only do little things now like poppers, smoke bombs and fountains. But that’s about where I call it quits. It’s a unique thing to carry these memories and learn about this experience throughout your life. Right now, it’s something that I talked about openly. Obviously, it’s around this time of the year where I usually brought this up with my circle and of course, they remember it. It’s always fun to poke and have a good time with it now. No one was hurt, we lost some things, and that’s a part of life.

So, my parent had to rebuild our house back then and it took several months to complete. And so, my mom got their new house month of October and it just so happened that my mom’s birthday is in October, so I told her that it was my gift for her as a joke.

I can laugh about it now, but it’s an experience that I will carry for the rest of my life. And I still hope that no one will be in that position.

And that’s it for our episode this week. Thank you so much. Please stay tuned for more.

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