Smokey says, only you can prevent forest fires.
So what would smokey say to parents who let their son stand too close to a fireplace? Apparently Smokey's preventative measures only extended to the forest as Parker learned the hard way, the dangers of fires.
We went over for a quick trip to Price for Melissa's dad's birthday and Parker was enjoying getting warm by the fire with Grandpa. All was well and Parker kept his distance until he reached back to grab Aunt Brittany only to realize that his arm was against the fireplace. Brittany played fire-woman as she swept him off to run his arm under cold water but the damage had been done.
Parker's reaction? Of course there was terror and tears that quickly subsided with mom's comfort. A few phone calls and a trip to the doctor has started the healing process. The good news is that it will heal without scarring, of course contingent on Melissa's attentive care (of this Smokey would be proud). Parker is being tough and occasionally shows off his arm to all who will give sympathy.
Lesson learned? If only we would have just listened to Smokey.