Birthday Party Redemption: The Firetruck Finally Came

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My husband has written in the past about our five year old’s birthday disappointment when the firetruck failed to show up for his party. Well, you’ll be happy to hear that the firetruck finally made it to our house. No, we didn’t set the kitchen or anything else on fire. Here’s what happened…

A couple of days after the incident, I called the fire department for an explanation as to why nobody showed up (very politely, I might add). Apparently, the woman in charge of scheduling the visits had a death in the family and was out of town. The department didn’t have a back up plan regarding birthday party schedules, even though she had called to confirm that she did indeed have firefighters available for the party. She must have talked to somebody, right?

A few days after my inquiry the lady herself called when she came back in to town and left an extremely apologetic message which included a desire to make it up to us somehow. I appreciated her contrition. Since I was “party planned out,” I put everything on the back burner for a while. Then, about a month after the birthday party, the chief himself called me to apologize personally for missing the birthday party. He hadn’t checked the logs for that day and with the schedule lady out of town it had fallen through the cracks. He wanted to know how they could make it up to us.

I had been thinking about this for a couple weeks now. So I asked him if they would consider coming to a playgroup that we were hosting on an upcoming Friday morning. Usually they only do weekends, but he said he would make it work, for sure. Not leaving anything to chance, I was smart this time and confirmed the Wednesday before the big event. The office lady said that the biggest truck they had, the ladder truck, would absolutely be there.

Lo and behold, on Friday morning the ladder truck drove up to our driveway with lights flashing and sirens blaring. You should have see the look on our son’s face! The two firefighters couldn’t have been more pleasant (and they both had the same name as our son!). They gave us a tour of the truck, let the kids sit in the cab, and, best of all, dressed our son from head to toe in fire fighter gear. Adorable! At the end of their visit they gave all the kids a red fire fighter hat, a badge sticker, and coloring books.

I’m so glad that everything worked out even though it took a couple of months. I still would have preferred that the fire fighters come to the birthday party, but this way Son #3 felt very special on two separate days. By the way, the fire fighters themselves also apologized to my husband and myself for what had happened. My response? I appreciated their apology, but you can’t exactly get mad at brave men who volunteer their time to save other people. And then I handed them their well deserved donation check…

Published on April 30th, 2007 - 2 Comments
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  1. While it would have been better to have the fire engine appear at his birthday, I am sure that he will very quickly forget about the no-show and instead will remember when they did come.

    Comment by Blaine Moore — Apr 30th 2007 @ 11:07 am
  2. It’s funny, but on his birthday he was so focused on getting to open his gifts that it was probably more memorable having it come another day.

    Comment by dad — Apr 30th 2007 @ 11:27 am

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