As NJWILDBEAUTY readers know, I have recently moved to Lawrenceville, to a peaceful community called Society Hill, tucked up and away from the tiny town, and named for the Society of Friends. As in Quakers, who filled this region and served it well, back even before our Revolution.
On voting days, I can walk to our polls, in the Lawrenceville Fire Company’s building . Station 23 it is, and 23 is the number of my house. Good omen. 203 was my number at Canal Pointe, and 2003 all my high school years on Northwood Boulevard in Royal Oak Michigan.
It’s always festive when I vote in my new place, because it takes place among these true friends, those who protect our community by day and by night, who polish up their phenomenal trucks and other vehicles, and stand them, gleaming, outside as we arrive to cast our ballots.
I wasn’t even well on the most recent voting day. I thought I might not even be able to utilize that phenomenal rite, for which our Founding Fathers, often deliberating here and near here, pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.
Feeble as I felt, mid-morning I asked myself, for some reason, “well who are you, what defines you?”
One answer turned out to be that I write a blog about New Jersey and nature. So I did that, that morning.
And what else am I, who else am I?
An American who votes.
So I went down to The Lawrenceville Fire Company and chose, among others, Bonnie Watson Coleman, whose splendid brother, Jay, is our vice president at D&R Greenway Land Trust, saving nature in New Jersey.
Who else am I?
So while I was down at the fire station, I took pictures. Below is the Fire Company’s own picture. I urge you to think of them now, at Christmastime. Think how they leap into the fray, whenever flames appear — and how they advise us about such things as fire extinguishers and generously watering the Christmas tree. Think and get out your checkbook, and write them a thank you check.
Meanwhile, I think their vehicles look like Christmas. Enjoy!
Lawrenceville Fire Company
Mercer County Station 23
Address: 64 Phillips Ave, 08648
Phone: (609) 896-0972
“Protecting the North Since 1915”
This Simple Plaque Tells Their Story
The first time I voted here, the department was called to a fire. Here we all were, voting away, and there came the men, calmly hurrying, dashing into those uniforms we came to revere over and over during 9/11, climbing on to the polished trucks that had been all out on the sidewalk for us to admire. Silently, surely, they whooshed away.
I asked, “Do you do this every time we vote?”
Smiles all around.
That day and this healing day, of capturing their luminous equipment, I felt so very proud to be American.