James has a new fascination, fire. It’s a relatively new fascination, but it seems to be consuming him lately. He has been begging to build a camp fire in the backyard almost every day. We did it a couple times, but we don’t really live in a location where outdoor camp fires is completely safe. I tried explaining that to him and now he is begging for a fire in the fireplace. The problem? It is unseasonably warm in Atlanta. It was 82 degrees today and that is not conducive of a wood-burning fire, perhaps one of those modern flueless gas fires would be better?
The truth of the matter is I am deathly afraid of building a fire in our fireplace. I remember when I was growing up, one morning I was awaken to the sound of my dad’s voice panicked and searching for the fire extinguisher. We had a chimney fire. If something like that were to happen to us my dad wouldn’t be here to handle it and I wouldn’t know what to do. Our fireplace, in my opinion, is strictly for aesthetics….lol.
I understand though, that a young boy finds fire to be rather alluring. It’s dangerous, beautiful, and manly. So, to quench his desire we are going to a friend’s house out in the country for a huge bonfire this weekend. I am hoping this will satisfy his need for a fire, but if not I might just have to find some discount online fireplaces that are wall mounted and electric. They make those, did you know that?
Have you ever had a child obsessed with fire?
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