Today I continue my quest in creating and posting one block a day of the fabulous That Town And Country Quilt by the lovely Susan Claire. This is day one hundred and forty-three of that project.

This quilt block shows a perfectly rectangular fire truck made of a deep red fabric. In the front the cab windshield is a splotchy golden yellow. As we look at it from the side we can see a orange sign bordered in yellow that says, "Dist. No. 1" The vehicle is facing to the left, and from our vantage point we can see the ladder on the top laying at an angle. The ladder sides are a spotty dark brown fabric. Underneath the ladder, above the cab, is an orange domed emergency light. There are two dark wheels at the bottom with two small two-holed off-white buttons indicating the axles.

I have fond memories of a fire truck that looked a lot like this one.

When we were little kids here every year on a Saturday before Christmas our parents would bundle us up in everything we had and bring us down to the elementary school. When we got there we’d wait our turn, (it usually took two trips) to ride on top of the fire truck!

They’d pack us up there as tight as we could get to try to help keep us warm because I don’t ever remember it being above freezing on those days.

They would turn on the lights and sirens and drive a few blocks to the movie theater we had then. I would cover my ears and be scared silly. The theater was called El Grande and once we arrived there we’d line up, still bundled up to our chins.

Each of us would be given a small bag of popcorn, a little bag of candy and nuts and a small coke. We could hardly manage all this bounty because of the extent of our “bundling”.

A lot of kids would just hold their loot for the duration because they couldn’t put it down or get it to their mouths because of mittens and mufflers. We’d all troop into the theater and sit down and be shown a Christmas movie.

Usually cartoons, but one year it was a really old film that was scary and Santa was creepy looking. That may have been the last time I went.

The good old days!