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The Day I Almost Burned Our New House Down


It Was An Accident

Would that really have made a difference?

I would still be blamed

My wife and I moved into our new home

I was organizing things down our cellar

Too much stuff and no where to put things

I always wanted to set up my workbench

I got it as a Christmas gift when I was twelve or younger

I had a glue gun that I also wanted to try

Now was the perfect time

So as I was busy downstairs doing not one thing but a few different things

I started using the glue gun

My wife was busy upstairs

She let me have my fun

She had already called me to lunch

A couple of times

I get so involved

I forget to eat

By now my wife was livid

Are you coming up to eat?

So I stopped what I was doing

Came up to eat

A little over an hour later

I went back downstairs

I never shut off the glue gun

I had it resting on the workbench

It burned a hole right in the wood

Luckily it didn't catch the house on fire

This would change the happy story to a sad story

Now looking back over fifteen years

I have happy tears


DREAM ON (author) on July 09, 2021:

John Hansen There was a long time after that I wouldn't even pick up a glue gun. Safety first. It is true how we can learn and it is also true how quickly we want to forget. (lol) Live and learn. Live to write one more poem for all those who will listen. Thank you for making me smile one more time. I hope you are having sunshine and fun. Rain here. It makes the fowers grow.

DREAM ON (author) on July 09, 2021:

BRENDA ARLEDGE I have gotten myself into some big messes over the years. Now I try to stay low-key and enjoy the simpler things in life. Accidents do happen. I could say there was a time in my life where I was accident-prone. I am happy that time is far behind me. Even though the memories will haunt me for life. Thank you for being a smiling face. If you know anyone who is looking for a slightly used holy workbench let me know? Have a sweet morning.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on July 08, 2021:

Dream On it is good to be able to look back and see that the worst-case scenario never eventuated. We learn from our mistakes so I bet you never left the glue gun unattended again. Thank you for sharing.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on July 08, 2021:

Lol! So glad it only burnt a hole in the Bench.

But going upstairs to eat was a sweet gesture...stopping what u were doing.

You got this.

DREAM ON (author) on July 08, 2021:

Patty Florence Today you are lucky if you can find real wood. As we look back at all the times that fill up our lives there are so many stories to tell. Thank you for reading and following along with my little dance and song. Have a lovely night.

DREAM ON (author) on July 08, 2021:

Mr.Happy That is so sad. I hope nobody got hurt. I like candles and a fire pit but not any more than that. Most things can be replaced. it's when pictures and sentimental things get ruined. We have had three fire extinguishers in the house over the years. All expired. I thought it was a waste of money. I was wrong. We didn't need it and that is a great thing, We will have to go get another one. Thank you for reading and sharing your story. Have a peaceful night.

Patty Florence from Illinois on July 08, 2021:

Good poem, knock on wood!

Mr. Happy from Toronto, Canada on July 08, 2021:

Happy tears are good! I did burn the kitchen down a handful of years ago. Gotta be careful with fire and please have a fire extinguisher that works. I did not have one at the time and it cost me.

Best of luck!

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