Fire, My Worst Nightmare (Non-fiction)

Untitled © Vanessa Paxton via Flickr

Untitled © Vanessa Paxton via Flickr

I am terrified of fire, so bad, that as a child I was forbidden to watch the news or any shows, or movies, that might contain fire (obviously “Towering Inferno” was a no-no). It was and still is, a terrible phobia. Nightmares, panic etc. As an adult I have learned to live with it, and as long as it doesn’t involve me, the old fears do not return.

I was newly married and working in a restaurant. Someone came tearing through the building into the kitchen where I was looking for the fire alarm. Then came the smell of smoke. I panicked along with everyone else. We couldn’t go back and the kitchen and dining room were locked. Finally someone calmed down and threw a chair at the large dining room windows and we got out hacking and coughing.

We had to run beside the building (only a small path) with windows exploding and fire and glass raining down on us. I was petrified, but ran with the others.

We finally came out to the front of the building and just stared at the fire as it reached further and further. Real life fire to bring out my fears. I was choking on the smoke and now I understand how people die from smoke inhalation.

We all got out, thank God! No one got hurt except for the smoke inhalation.

I went through grueling interrogation along with everyone else. Hard to forget it when constantly reminded. I had horrible nightmares.

That fire was not a mistake. A disgruntled employee set that fire on purpose. That fire was set in a small office right near the restrooms that I had just come out of. That close, way too close.

I still panic whenever there is a fire drill or when the alarm goes off unexpectedly. Most new jobs would have a fire drill not long after my arrival and several of my work places had had fires and over the years have burnt down. They seem drawn to me.

I had one job that told us that no matter what we couldn’t leave until the evacuate siren sounded. We had work to do before we could leave. I told them I would not be staying if I saw one lick of fire. I can’t imagine many would stay and shut down machines if there was a real fire. I knew it wouldn’t be me.

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Tessa

 

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Share Your World – 2016 Week 34

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Share Your World – 2016 Week 34

What is your favorite comfort snack food?  Ice cream and cheese cake.

Is the paper money in your possession right now organized sequentially according to denomination and with the bills right side up and facing the same way? Uh, no!

If you were a mouse in your house in the evening, what would you see your family doing?

Me on the computer, my dad on the computer, reading or watching tv and my son doing whatever if he is even home.

Would you rather not be able to read or not be able to speak? Not be able to speak.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?  I was grateful for my grandson’s graduation and bon voyage party. He enlisted in the Marines. This week I hope my medication starts to work.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

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Rules:

I sincerely hope you enjoy my questions for this week and find the questions interesting enough to play along.   If you ever want me to ask anything specific, please feel free to contact me.  You don’t think a lot about these questions, unless of course it is FUN for you.  Simply dream and just let loose, or you let your alter ego answer if you want.   Have a fabulous week everyone!!

Even though I oftentimes will add photos to my answers, it is not a requirement to participate in Share your World.

Here is the basic format.  I will ask you:

  • To answer three random questions each week.
  • Respond to a fourth item (I will randomly chose from this list)
    • Making a List out of a topic
    • Completing the sentence I start
    • Answering a Would you Rather question
  • Bonus Question is always the same  “What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?”  Because we all need to be reminded that there are many things in our lives to be grateful about.  

If you adore challenges as much as I do, please check out WordPress’s Blog Event Listing for other challenges.

I will post four different questions each week for you to answer.  There are two ways which you can participate.

  1. Create a SYW  post.  Then post the link to your blog in my comment box or leave your answers in the comments box of my blog.
  2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Share Your World” or “SYW” tag.
  3. Remember to Follow My Blog to get your weekly reminders.

I usually will respond to your entry on your blog, rather than on my page.

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The Secret Keeper – Weekly Writing Prompt #51 – Shadorma

The Secret Keeper – Weekly Writing Prompt #51

(5) Words: | WATCH | EDGE | PROOF | PAUSE | SOOTH |

The Proof – by Teresa Smeigh August 2016

Pause to watch,

Looking for the proof.

Along edge,

Peek over.

Try to forget what you see,

Calmly sooth your nerves.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

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RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #111-Rhyme&Reason

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Haiku by Teresa Smeigh August 2016

There’s no rhyme to this.

No reason either that’s true.

Just a new Haiku.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

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#WeekendCoffeeShare: weekend party this afternoon at local lake

#Weekend Coffee Share: party at local lake

If we were having coffee it would be hard for me to keep the conversation going. I really haven’t done much this week except binge on “NCIS” and keeping up with my daily devotionals. The rest of the time has been spent in bed, depressed. I had an appointment to bump up my anti-depressant, but not working yet. In a few days I bump it up again to 3 pills.

My sleep pattern is currently up all night (mostly binging on Netflix with an occasional time spent on working on my posts for IBPF.org blog. I have another one being just posted, so I have started on a few others. Basically I am supposed to write one a month.

In a few hours I have a family party at a local lake for my grandson’s graduation/bon voyage to boot camp for the Marine Corps in January.

Have a great week everyone.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

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#SoCS August 8/21/16 – date

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “date.” Use it any way you’d like. Have fun!

https://lindaghill.com/2016/08/19/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-aug-2016/

socs-badge-2015-lindaghill.files_.wordpress.com_.jpgI can’t wait to cross today’s date off the calendar. I have a family party to attend and I just don’t like parties let alone one’s that mean seeing my ex-husband and possibly his girlfriend. It is going to be outside where it is hot and sunny neither of which I care for. I will be so glad when it is over.

 

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

 

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Writer’s Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge Theme-“Miracle” #WQWWC

Collene and Ronovan

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I believe in Miracles. I believe in Jesus.

 

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

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One liner Wednesday – Dinner?

1-liner Wednesdayhttps://lindaghill.com/2016/08/17/one-liner-wednesday-forgetfulness/woman-1211448_1920Dinner is served!

 

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

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Weekly Smile Week 33 – Selfie

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I smiled when my daughter took a selfie of the 2 of us and it turned out so good. I take lousy pictures. I posted it on here even.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

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Three Word Wednesday 493 – Shadorma

3wordwednesdaySadistic by Teresa Smeigh August 2016

Sadistic,

tentative scour.

We are forced

To scrub the

Toilets by hand using our

Very own toothbrush.

 

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

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#WeekendCoffeeShare: joining daughter at her friend’s pool

#WeekendCoffeeShare: joining daughter at her friend’s pool

Thank you for stopping by for coffee.

I don’t get out much and so today I allowed my daughter talk me into going to her friend’s house, however I don’t intend to swim. I am not much of a swimmer and I have problems that shouldn’t go into a pool.

I had my Saturday brunch with BFF. Our favorite waiter is back.

The weeks are flying by. Can’t believe it is so close to September again.

The weather has been ultra hot (100 degrees at least) and I hate the heat.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

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https://lindaghill.com/2016/08/12/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-august-1316/

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “cash.” Use it in your post as a noun or a verb… or a name! Enjoy!

https://lindaghill.com/2016/08/12/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-august-1316/

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Living on SSDI (Social Security Disability) means there is never cash available for the necessities let alone something special now and then.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

 

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Three Word Wednesday 492 – Shadorma

3wordwednesdayMy Writing by Teresa Smeigh August 2016

Painstaking,

Showing my writings,

Made me feel

Queasy, but

Radiant when others praised me.

Writing is my dream!

 

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

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#WQWWC – Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – “Innocence”

Collene and Ronovan

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Innocence in many ways means naive. I am innocent of life’s seamier sides, I can’t believe that bad things happen so often. I prefer to think good of everyone. I am also naive.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

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The Secret Keeper – Weekly Writing Prompt #49

The Secret Keeper – Weekly Writing Prompt #49

(5) Words: | SOUND | SHARP | CLEVER | JUDGE | STILL |

The Judge – by Teresa Smeigh August 2016

The judge thinks how clever

The sound is clear, and sharp.

Still I jump at the sound

As the gavel hits the block,

Before all is silent.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

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RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #109-Hope&Up

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RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #109-Hope&Up

Hope by Teresa Smeigh August 2016

Glance up to heaven.

Always hoping for the best.

The Lord is with us.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

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FFfAW Challenge – Week of August 9, 2016

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Photo by Yinglan.

Kid’s Soccer – by Teresa Smeigh August 2016

Danny always warmed the bench. The coach didn’t think he was good enough to play with the others.

Danny cried every game that he sat out and wished with all his heart that he was better at sports. Danny’s father didn’t take the time to practice with him like the other kids and their dad’s.

Danny’s dad was a dead beat. His mom worked hard to support them and therefore couldn’t even see his games.

Today his mom had come. She got off work early. He prayed he could play just this once. He was surprised when the coach told him he was going in.

Happily he took his spot. The ball was in play and Danny ran and kicked the ball right into the goal. The goal of his team. His teammates booed and Danny cried. His mother hugged him and told him she was proud.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

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Weekly Smile Week 31- The Dog

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I smiled when our adopted dog (from a shelter) got so excited to see me. My cat could care less as long as she is fed, but he loves me unconditionally.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

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Haiku Horizons prompt “sign”

Haiku Horizons prompt “sign”

The Sign – by Teresa Smeigh August 2016

The sign on the wall

Spoke volumes with its silence.

The Lord Jesus loves you.

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Studio 30 Plus THE WEEK OF AUGUST 1

THE WEEK OF August 1

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By Teresa Smeigh August 2016

 

She thought nothing of committing fraud.

Her friends they were so awed.

She didn’t worry about getting caught.

Though bother her it ought.

One day she was caught off-guard.

Then she thought real hard.

She had thought it was all a game.

Now she knows the shame.

 

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

 

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