One thing I appreciate about Bellingham—and I bet you do, too—is its small town flavor.
I like running into friends when I’m at Fred Meyer. I like seeing the shores of Lake Padden encrusted with families on the opening day of fishing. I especially like the pace of life here that is closer to where I grew up in Smyrna, Georgia than to Seattle. Hamsters, whether they are born here or are here by choice seem to move at the speed of kindness.
And what says hometown more than a pancake breakfast at the local firehouse?
Here in Whatcom County we have several firehouses that throw their doors open to the public, inviting them in for a hot breakfast cooked by the firefighters. I attend at least one a year, and when I do, the experience always brings a tear to my eye.
All around me is true Americana. Neighbors greeting neighbors. Small children gazing up at shiny, red fire trucks with awe. A firefighter handing a plastic helmet to an elderly grandfather to place tenderly on his granddaughter’s head.
Yes, the eggs dipped in salsa taste great, but it’s the taste of the good life that we all have here that is truly the most satisfying.
The South Whatcom Fire Authority Pancake Feed is this Weekend!
April 25th, 2015, 7 a.m.-noon
Sudden Valley Fire Station, 2050 Lake Whatcom Blvd
Your $5 donation benefits the Burned Children Recovery Foundation
And there’s always another one coming up at a firehouse near you.