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In Case of Fire What Would We Save?

Updated on February 8, 2015

Save the Photos

For the Rocket Moms Advanced Friday Lens Challenge #2, we wrote about what we would take with us if our house would burn down.

Of course there is the obvious choice that we must go beyond: The Computer, family and pets, money and valuables. Not necessary in that order.

I asked my husband, Tim, who already thinks I'm a "Nut Case", wasting all my time typing away at the computer. His reply to this was the only one that I myself could come up with. The same answer that we have heard when someone's house burns down or is hit by a tornado. "All our photos are gone. They were irreplaceable."

A photo is a memory of our past and a piece of our life that can never be replaced.

We have had our digital cameras for only a few years. The majority of our pictures have not been scanned and put on the computer nor stored on some photo sharing site. If our house would burn down tomorrow and we could not grab our photos...those pictures of our past would be all but fading memories.

50th Wedding Anniversary

50th Wedding Anniversary
50th Wedding Anniversary

The Anniversary Memory

If our house burned down tomorrow, Tim would not have this photo of his parents at their 50th anniversary party.

This was a great day. Tim's parents knew that their children, (who lived in the area) were planning on taking them out for a dinner celebration. What they didn't know was that their son and his family from Massachusetts had planned on being there as well. Once we arrived at the restaurant, we were lead to a back room where around 200 guests joined in this celebration surprise.

Tim came from a family of five kids. The last three children came late in his parents life's. Tim being the baby of the family. His oldest brother and sister are old enough to be his parents. I met my in-laws in their twilight years.

Not too many years after the 50th anniversary party, my father-in-law's signs of Alzheimer had progressed to the point where my mother-in-law could no longer take care of him at home. He had a tendency to wonder off and think he was a young man working on a farm.

Reluctantly he went to a reputable nursing home. We thought he was getting good care. But the night we visited and found him strapped to an adult highchair soiled, all hell broke loose. Let's just say, the staff no longer appreciated my husband there.

Both of my husband's parents have passed away since this picture. But the memory of them stays in our hearts.

Read more about my father-in-law in Alzheimer's Disease Prevention With Ginkgo Biloba

Ready for Halloween

Ready for Halloween
Ready for Halloween

Friends and Halloween

What about that Halloween Party with our friends? Even then I was a busy gal. I made my friend, Julie's ballerina costume, Tim's doctor's outfit and my one of a kind (my own pattern) space lady costume. (Maybe I should of been a fashion designer.)

I hate to say it, but I grew up in the domesticated female era. Not only did I learn how to be a great cook, but learned how to be an excellent seamstress. For those who really know me, I am a modest person. But if I am good at something, I won't lie about it. Though, not just a Susie Homemaker. I continued on with an Engineering career, working in a male dominated field. I can personally say that discrimination is still very much alive.

To get back to the costumes...my friend, Julie never sewed a day in her life. Naturally, I was more than willing to make her outfit. Later on I gave her a spare sewing machine. After one sewing lesson, she ended up to be better at this than me. She had people coming up to her to sew outfits for them and their children. She created decorative pillows and made good money off of her handiwork.

Julie was usually there when I needed a last minute babysitter. One night, I returned back to their apartment from a meeting. Julie relayed to me about the two women who came up to her. She was waking with my daughter in the stroller. "She looks just like you," they said.

I responded back to Julie, "Is there something you are not telling me about?"

Our friends have moved on as sometimes people do. I have some very fond memories of our friendship. Without these photo memories, how will we remember the fun times with friends that we had.

The Crocheted Collie

The Crocheted Collie
The Crocheted Collie

What Would my Daughter Save

My daughter Brittany was asked this same question. She told me that she had already thought of this many times. From her apartment (while attending college), she would fill her hamper up with all her dirty and clean clothes, and shoes. Clothes would be too expense to replace.

Then I asked her about her home here. What would be the first thing that she would grab? Brittany's reply was, "That's easy, Chico!" She was then told about this assignment. She yelled out, "You are not going to tell everyone that this college student would grab a stuffed toy, would you?"

Of course not! Only those who read this lens will know about Chico.

Chico is more than a stuffed toy. He is a crocheted collie that my mother made for me. Not meant for a child's hands. Not intended to be a toy at all. But a trophy dog to be placed where all human hands would have little contact with it and this is the way my mother would have wanted it to be.

Certain events changed that. To this day, Grandma does not understand.

Do you thnk Chico should of stayed as a trophy dog or a child's toy?

Trophy dog!

Trophy dog!

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      • RuthCoffee 6 years ago

        Love is a messy business...I think Chico's condition is the direct result of a lot of love.

      • David Schroeter 7 years ago from St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

        You really had no choice in the matter, under the circumstances!

      • Tyla MacAllister 7 years ago

        There's nothing like the joy of remembering your first stuffed animal or doll.

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          Robin S 7 years ago from USA

          Nice work.

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          RickyRobi LM 7 years ago

          I like your lens. It's so interactive and fun.

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          Trina Sonenberg 7 years ago from Nucla, Colorado

          Great lens.

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          bdkz 7 years ago

          Beautiful lens!

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          Great lens! I still can't decide what I would grab (other than my family) - my laptop perhaps?

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          julieannbrady 7 years ago

          Nicely done! Yep I fear I've lost my mind -- join the club. ;)

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          motorpurrr 7 years ago

          Nice. I would save my photos after I got my pets out. Be careful of photo saving sites. Always have back up. I had one go out of business on me about 15 years ago. Then they wanted to charge me a ton to get them back.

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          Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

          [in reply to motorpurrr] That is pretty scary with the photo sharing site.

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          sukkran trichy 7 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

          great lens, good presentation, wonderful construction. 5* and lens roll it in some of my lenses

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          Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

          You have really done a super job here. I enjoyed the read very much. I have thought about this assignment and would probably take all of my photo albums but would have to get the wheel barrow to haul them out of the house and that would probably take too long.

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          Nathalie Roy 7 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

          Another great lens!

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          roysumit 7 years ago

          Nice page. Enjoyed it great.

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          Some nice ideas on this lens.

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          Debbie 7 years ago from England

          I think I'd grab photo's too.

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          ElizabethJeanAl 7 years ago

          I would save our autographed drawing given to my husband by Charles Schulz. (my pictures are backed up on disc and in the safety deposit box)

          Great lens

          Lizzy

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          Carol Goss 7 years ago

          Great lens I loved it :)

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          tdove 7 years ago

          Thanks for joining G Rated Lense Factory!

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          Holley Web 7 years ago

          Very well written and though out! You are a true RocketMom for sure, Miss Sandy! Love this!

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          capriliz lm 7 years ago

          Great lens, Sandy. We should all scan our precious photos and then save a copy outside of our homes.

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          Laraine Sims 7 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

          Lots of good things to read. I enjoyed my visit. 5*s

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          Cynthia Arre 7 years ago from Quezon City

          This is a fantastic lens, Sandy, I enjoyed seeing your photos and reading the personal stories behind them. *Blessed by an angel*

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          Andy 7 years ago from London, England

          Great lens and an interesting subject

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          Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

          Hmm, I'd have to think about this. Maybe it would be my laptop with my 14,000 photos and all my writing in it. I've saved a little online, but not all of it.

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          aishu19 6 years ago

          wow...a very creative way of showing what you would save in case of a fire...that said I hope you never experience a fire that makes you lose anything...

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          WhiteOak50 6 years ago

          Very Good lens Sandy!! Space Girl!!

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Photos are a must. I have mine all in one place so they would be easy to grab. Very thought provoking lens.

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          ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

          I hate to think of fire - it's so devastating but then the floods that were experienced in Queensland (and of course in other places) must have had similarly devastating effects.

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          GabrielaFargasch 5 years ago

          I woke up this morning and I could smell smoke coming from outside.... I got pretty alarmed! I immediately thought about what I would save in case of an emergency! I have to say my cat, (obviously...), daughter, husband, my laptop, documents, money and grab a few clothes if I can!

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          norma-holt 5 years ago

          Great subject to think about. When the fires came to Canberra in 2003 there was no time to decide on what to save. Recently out of hospital with pneumonia and post viral mialgia I stood in the pitch dark and wondered what to grab first. We don't realise that a bush fire can make midday as dark as midnight, that the power is off and there is no communication with the outside except on the phone if you are lucky. The result was that I froze and did not want to take anything, not even myself. Hugs

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          Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

          This is a really important question I don't think people take seriously. Sure there are some fun things to save, but photos, documents/records/licenses are also at the top of the list.

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          Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Frozen Tundra

          favored Right, those are the most important.

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