what would you take?
When we heard about the evacuations of the communities in Katrina's path, my DD and I started wondering what *we* would take if we had to leave.
I figured, we'd have about 5 hours till we *had* to hit the road (earlier is better), so there was time to think, and to pack. But what we brought would *have* to fit in our car (fortunately, ours has a big trunk, LOL! And we'd need room for some food & water (though if we were evacuating, hopefully they'd have food & water where we went).
So we went from room to room trying to decide. It was an interesting exercise, and got me wondering why I'm keeping some stuff at all.
I didn't get much input from DH, but I think I'm going ot ask him to think about it. It was interesting
Books: I'd take the "My Book House" set from my childhood, and the two James Anderson paperback mysteries that are out of print. That's pretty much it--I'd leave the yearbooks (even though I was editor), probably. We'd bring maybe 2 copies of the book my DH wrote. The rest can be replaced.
Photos: all our pictures are in one spot--I'd probably just bring them all instead of taking time to sort them out. And the wedding album, and several frames off the wall. I realize now that my picture of my grandparents (which I could get copied from my mom's, I guess) is God knows where. So I want to keep an eye out for it, and consolidate it w/ the others.
Heirlooms: "Susie," the cloth doll given to me my Mrs. Hill (my "little old lady down the block" from when I was 4); the baptismal gown & my wedding dress, some of the other heirloom clothes (my dad's baby gown).
Paperwork: the birth certificates are all in a fire-safe lockbox; the retirement accounts and savings accounts are all in the file drawers. That's info I wouldn't want to have to recreate.
Furniture: I would cry about my great-grandma Adams's mahogany chesterdrawers. And my Castro Convertibles sofabed (though I'd make DH help me set it up on the DR table just in case that would keep the mechanism and the wood from rusting & rotting).
What about you--what would you take? Is there anything on your list that would surprise you? (either because you brought it, OR because you left it?)