As we wrote about a few weeks back, Son #3 just had his five year old birthday party. While he was pushing for a Transformers birthday party, we ended up doing a firefighter theme. Truth be told, he only wanted the Transformers theme because he thought that would guarantee that he’s get Transformers as gifts. Anyway, my lovely and talented wife did a wonderful job of putting together custom decorations and throwing a fantastic party. Unfortunately, things didn’t turn out quite as we had planned.
As she noted previously, my wife also arranged to have the local fire department show up with sirens blaring (they offer to do this in return for a charitable donation). The problem here was that they never showed up! The party was on a Sunday, so the front office was closed. Thus, our only two options were to: (1) wait patiently for them to arrive, and (2) call 911 and ask for the fire department. Since option #2 wasn’t going to happen, we went with option #1. Much to our chagrin, it just never happened.
Oh well, we figured that they must have gone out on a call, and we were just thankful that we weren’t on the business end of a firefighter visit. But here’s the kicker… When my wife finally heard back from the station secretary, she learned that the party visit was listed in the log, and the Captain simply forgot to check it. Ugh. Talk about disappointing!
The silver lining here was that our son was so focused on opening his gifts and (hopefully) getting his hands on some new Transformers that he hardly even cared. And this story did actually have a happy ending, at least from his perspective — he ended up getting multiple Transformers, including the one that he wanted the most… Supreme Class Cyberton Primus!