for the most part, the fires raging california are slowing dying out… thank heavens! living in orange county, the santiago fire has had a definite effect on us, friends & loved ones. as i’ve mentioned before, our neighborhood was one of the many areas evacuated. luckily, we weren’t home & didn’t have to deal with that ordeal. although it definitely got me thinking… if i had to evacuate what would i take? to be honest, not much. i’m happy to report that i realize that most of the stuff in our house is just that – stuff. really the most important thing, for me, are memories. and as oscar wilde once said:
memory… is the diary that we all carry about with us.
everything else is totally replaceable & for the most part, it wouldn’t be that big of a deal to lose it. yet there are a few things i would definitely grab in a hurry. (so listen up! especially those of you who live close by. because as most of you know, we’ve been out of town for the last two fires. both of which get awfully close. so if another fires comes & we aren’t here, feel free to barge it & grab some things.)
when i think about evacuating, the first thing that comes to mind is our upstairs hallway, probably my favorite “room” in our house. not because it has beautiful design, or incredible architecture, but because that’s where we hang all of our photographs. cesare pavese once said:
we do not remember days; we remember moments.
each of the photos hanging there represent one of these precious moments. on one side of the hall you’ll find framed snapshots of friends, family & places we love. on the remaining walls, hang pictures of the boys. each of these pictures, taken by ana brandt, document their growth & change over the first year of their young lives. luckily, these moments are one of the few things that can’t be physically taken from us. however, our photographs are wonderful, because they provide something tangible to associate with these memories. (click on pictures to enlarge.) so, after grabbing all our portraits off the wall, the next thing i would grab is our external hard drive. just about every other photo i have ever taken is stored there. (not only all of our recent digital pics, but all of the older pictures that we have scanned in as well.) & finally i’d make sure to get our wedding album. (so any one who is out there reading… if there’s an emergency situation at my house & i happen to not be around, here’s your checklist of things to grab: boy’s portraits, external hard drive & wedding album. you’ll be in & out – thanks for watching out for us!) if i had a bit more time (say 30 minutes or so) i’d probably follow THESE suggestions.
so in case of disaster, what would you make sure to save? what things are really important to you? is there anything you can’t live without?