Imagine you suddenly find yourself with just seconds to look around you and decide, with no time for careful debate, what to grab before you run out of the house, desperately fleeing from whatever disaster has befallen your abode (fire, flood, meteor strike). 😮
Maybe you’ve been in this situation already and know exactly what you’d do. Would you do things differently next time?
Way back when the kids were little, the year Princess Diana was killed (’97 I think?) we lived up at the border of Montana and Canada in a little Amish community deep in the Kootenai National forest and the house we were renting with my sister was Amish built.
Which meant it wasn’t up to code because there were no codes. 😄
There was a big, magnificent, old wood stove in the downstairs, where we lived, which heated the entire place which had to be at least 3,000 sq ft. It was huge and drafty and frankly, quite wonderful. What an experience that year was, like traveling back in time! I’d do it again in a heartbeat, except…
Three weeks after we moved out and headed back into civilization and the modern world to be “proud monkeys” (see my last post lol) the place burned to the ground in a matter of minutes! My sister barely had time to grab the cat, her computer and a few papers and things at hand that she made it out with. Otherwise she lost EVERYTHING and we may have, too, if we’d have stayed just a handful more days there. The fire started in the wall upstairs, where she lived, because the stovepipe had been eaten through from years of use and because it was Amish built, it was like a pile of match sticks anyway.
I’ve never forgotten how lucky we were to come so close to that so I’m extra super cautious but things do happen. You can’t control for everything, obviously, like the house in California hit by a meteor recently. But usually you have time to grab things as you run out the door, so what would I grab, I wonder? 🤔
I mean besides the dogs, who would hopefully alert me to any disaster to begin with and save me! They owe me for what they put me through, believe me…
I wouldn’t have to grab any of them, though, just opening a door and a gate and they’re gone like lightning right now. They don’t need an excuse to escape on the best of days! 😄
Anyways, we bought a fireproof safe a while back that has our important papers and sentimental things in it, so I’d probably leave that and worry about it later if there was a fire since it’s heavy. I’d probably try to save some antiques, knowing me. Unless we had to evacuate to another area and there was a risk of looters, I suppose, then I’d focus on the safe.
Dang, it’s harder than I thought to answer this question so I’ll leave it to you.