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Now for the news around here.
Now for the news from the Home of Excitement!
I hope this true tale brings a small smile to your face and gives you a moment of escape from the weather that has smitten the USA, especially the south.
Last night we were sitting around the dining room table playing our nightly games. My husband was reading in his chair.
All of a sudden a chirping sound came from the stairs above us. It only could mean one thing. Smoke Alarm.
Just as my husband was saying he changed all the batteries at daylight saving time a LOUD squealing, shrieking noise started up.
Every one of the 11 alarms were going off at once.
My son and husband each grabbed a step ladder and ran around pressing the little reset button to no avail.
Miss Jo has always been scared to death of fires. She grabbed her favorite stuffed animal and hyperventilated on the couch as the boys went from room to room trying to end the noise.
She was beside herself wondering why her mom and I sat calmly.
We tried to tell her it was a malfunction but it didn’t stop her panic.
My son was removing batteries and my husband went to the breaker box and flipped the switches.
Nothing stopped the noise. They were screaming even without a battery in some areas.
This lasted for over 15 solid minutes. And then whatever they had done finally worked and it was silent.
Jovie was still trembling and we tried to tell her the event was a good thing. Now she knew the sound to listen for. And now she knew she would never sleep through the cacophony.
She was very upset saying that “they looked for fire in every room, but not the attic opening in her closet.”
We had a hard time convincing her that there was no fire.
After her mom told her how to calm yourself and not panic and why it was important to keep a level head she was sent to bed.
Miss J just looked at her mom and said, “You just told me all that and now you want me to go to sleep?”
After about 20-30 minutes the noise started again! The kids were downstairs watching a movie when Miss J came flying from her room. She asked where her parents were and that someone needed to get them out of the house!
I was able to look her in the eye and reassure her again nothing bad was happening.
After her mom came upstairs Miss J explained how she handled this new disaster. (Her words).
She said she was trying to breathe deeply and then grabbed her stuffies to save them when she decided to leave them behind. (WOW). She explained she needed both hands to descend the ladder from her loft.
She crawled on the floor to her door and felt it for heat as well as the doorknob. Once she was sure it was safe to open the door she came down the stairs.
She was still wide eyed when she asked her mom where the meeting place was. She couldn’t remember if it was the tree in front of the house or the row of mailboxes. (They are 6 feet apart.)
After some snuggles from each of us we convinced her it was safe. And I said I wasn’t going to bed until it was certain the noise wouldn’t happen again.
I am so proud of her on how she overcame her panic and put all her fire training into action.
I thought things were over until about 4 am today. It all started again! This time we just put fresh batteries in the smoke detectors again. They are 15 years old. We are discussing next steps to have them replaced and the electric checked out or leave just them alone until the next disaster.
And that better NOT be any time soon!!
We all said a prayer thanking that nothing worse had happened. And then we said prayers for everyone else going through so much devastation.
Please All stay safe. Stay warm. And know we are all trying to find a way to help you.
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