It was a normal morning.
I came downstairs, let Charlie outside, and filled his bowls with fresh water and food.
I filled my Moka pot with fresh water, as well, and freshly ground coffee, placed it on the stove, and turned on the burner.
It was a normal morning, except . . .
Normally, as I would wait for my little espresso maker to perform its magic,
I would sit at the kitchen counter and check my e-mails on my laptop.
This particular day, however,
I went into the next room to use my desktop computer.
A good amount of time had gone by.
I am not sure how long.
And, I heard a strange noise.
I walked into the kitchen,
turned the corner,
and to my surprise . . .
THE ENTIRE TOP OF THE STOVE WAS IN FLAMES.
I was extremely calm, considering.
I stood and assessed the situation.
The flames were well contained on top of the stove.
I cleared the area around it, and turned off the electric burner.
As the burner began to cool down, the flames began to dissipate,
only burning on top of the burner that had been turned on . . .
the burner that was SUPPOSED to be the burner where my coffee pot stood . . .
the burner where, INSTEAD, all of my good knives had been laying out to dry,
from when I washed them, the night before.
I have never watched knives burn, before.
It does not smell good.
It does not look good.
And, it creates a thick, gray smoke that makes your eyes burn.
I sprinkled a little water on the flame, to see how it would react.
Then, I sprinkled a little more.
Until, finally, I poured water from a glass, until the flame was gone,
leaving only the remnants of knives,
their rubber handles melted into the glass-topped stove.
Then, began the mad rush . . .
opening every window and door;
grabbing chairs from random rooms to reach the smoke detectors
that were blaring out my stupidity to the world.
I have never liked the smell of air freshener.
But, if anytime there was a need for one, it was now.
I remembered my daughter, and her love for Febreze.
She used to spray it around the house, to everyone's displeasure.
I grabbed the blue bottle from the closet, and began spraying it around the house,
running away from the fragrance, as I sprayed.
All the while, I held my breath, until I felt I had thoroughly deodorized the entire house,
whence upon I made a mad rush to the fresh air, outdoors.
Sirens in the distance.
Closer, CLOSER, CLOSER, FARTHER, FARTHER, Farther . . . gone.
It was a normal morning.
I grabbed Charlie, jumped in the car, and drove to Starbucks.
Don't leave your knives on the stove.