If your firefighter is anything like mine, he is constantly "ON."
Now, I don't mean to complain, because there is absolutely nothing like being married to a firefighter. They are loyal. They are kind. They are committed and they take their jobs both at home and the fire station very seriously. All good qualities to have in a husband, friend, father and firefighter.
Sometimes I wish he'd just not answer his Nextel.
I'm not talking about his pager - which is supposed to inform him of a call that would need his immediate attention - a true emergency. I'm talking about the phone that rings non stop. The phone that even rings when he's at the driving range and conveniently forgets to attach it to his hip (probably the only time this happens, mind you). The phone I want to hurl into the lake.
Yes, that one.
I don't mind the occasional call for advice.
But not being able to locate laundry soap at the fire station is not my husbands emergency.
Neither is calling at 6am on a Sunday to ask him what his picks are for the NASCAR pool they have going on at the station.
My husband could just turn off the phone or let his voice mail pick up once in awhile, but what if he missed something truly important? What then?
Fact is, he needs to be available. Even if that means answering the phone during the middle of family dinner to tell someone where the remote control is or where the last shift hid the rocky road ice cream.
It just comes with the territory.