On the way to an appointment, I felt it in the air. The unique scent of a wood fire, a staple of winter time in New England that never fails to elicit a smile.
Few things say welcome home like the glowing flames in the fireplace. We're inevitably drawn to bask in the warmth of a fire, in quiet communion with the snapping and crackling of the logs, and allowing our stress to flee our minds along with the smoke.
Some of the best nights I've ever spent in the company of my wife and daughters were those we shared sitting around the fireplace. We've shared stories. We've listened to our favorite shows on the radio like our grandparents did. We've even watched some great movies. And in many instances, our fireplace provided a sense of serenity and togetherness, the common background to any age.
Some fires have seen monumental events in our lives, from a first kiss to a wedding proposal; Thanksgivings and Christmases; even confessions and secrets in the making. They've bore witness to the giggling after a snowball fight, heard a baby's first word, and warmed loyal dogs while they slumber before the dancing glow. Fire has the power to give us comfort on days when the cold alone isn't the sole reason of our shivering.
Preserving that comfort and peace of mind, by ensuring your safety is one of the most rewarding parts of our job as chimney sweeps.
Stay safe and warm this season.
Javier A. Robayo