Imagine that you have to evacuate your home quickly, and you will not be able to return. Assume that all people and animals are out and safe. What five things would you grab on the way out?
I'm going to cheat a little bit here, because I know that my husband would pick up the important things like financial paperwork and insurance papers. That wouldn't be a fun post, anyway. My five things are sentimental ones:
- Our scrapbooks. I've documented every important event in our lives in these books, and they're irreplaceable.
- My family history notebooks. My sister and I have spent many hours gathering this information. Some of it is irreplaceable because it came from relatives who are no longer living. I especially treasure the old photographs and a note from my father-in-law.
- Quilts. We have two handmade quilts that are precious. My sister made a quilt for my son. It's not only special for that reason, but it's cool that she used fabrics that are suitable not only for the preschooler he was then, but also for the young man he is now. And my friend Meri made me a smaller quilt to use when I'm reading. It's a great match for our family room furniture, but mostly it's precious because she made it.
- Old greeting cards. I just sorted through boxes of these and discarded a few. But I couldn't part with some from my childhood, some from special people, some from relatives who aren't with us anymore.
- My engagement ring. I don't wear it often, because I'm always banging it against something. However, it's precious to me because of what it represents.
What would you save?