This week's Blog Jump Start hosted by Donna at What if God Says No asks: If you had to evacuate quickly and everyone was safe, what things would you grab?
Donna didn't give us any parameters regarding how much space we have to take things and/or how much time we would have. In my head, I was thinking what can fit in the car and be grabbed within 15 minutes or so. I also decided to limit myself to 10 items/groups of items. In no particular order (and assuming my phone and purse are considered part of me being safe):
- Sugarbeet's lovey and favorite blanket.
- The external hard drive with all of my photos and important files backed up on to it.
- The bin of items from my and R's childhoods and Sugarbeet's bin.
- The icon of Mary that hangs above me when I sleep.
- A few items of seasonally appropriate clothing and footwear for each of us, all to fit in one carry on size suitcase.
- My dad's high school class ring.
- Sugarbeet's baptismal gown.
- A bag of bath toiletries.
- Snacks and water.
- The icon of St. Michael that hangs in Sugarbeet's room above her crib.
Prior to my divorce, I think I would have had a much harder time with this. Everything would have seemed important, with a memory attached to it. While I had more time than 15 minutes (a few hours), I didn't have a ton of space and I had to make decisions quickly as to what things I wanted. Only once or twice have I looked back and wished I'd taken something I left, and honestly, it has always been more a matter of convenience than something sentimental.
[Unrelated: There is a new post on the private blog.]