Today, I took Munchkin to a tour at a local fire station. He dressed up in his full uniform, of course -- fire jacket with gloves in the pocket and fire hat. We got there before the rest of the children that were scheduled for the tour so we had time to visit with the firemen. Munchkin was as shy and speechless as I've ever seen him! Mr. Chatterbox gets totally tongue-tied in the presence of his heroes! When the firemen stepped out of the room, I asked Munchkin how he was doing. He said, with a big grin, "I'm starting to get happy!"
Munchkin was puzzled by the few cars in the parking lot, since there were no other kids there when we arrived. I told him that the cars most likely belonged to the firemen, who had driven to the station from their homes. Munchkin thought about that until he announced, "Some of the cars belong to their mommies who drove them here!"
The tour was of not only the fire trucks but also of the living quarters. When Munchkin got home, he proceeded to pack his fire truck (his bed) with all the new tools he needed, and he turned a cabinet into the "showers" for the firemen. He wore his boots until bedtime.