Valuable Possessions - What Would You Save in Case of Fire
Most Valuable Possessions from a Child's View
"If I was going to lose everything, because of fire, or any other reason, what possessions would I want to save? "
That one question led to a very interesting conversation and a wonderful insight into who, and what, my Grandkids value.
I asked my 5 Grandkids to answer,"If Granma's house was burning, what would you want to see Grandma save and what should she try to take with her?"
I also asked them to answer the same question in regards to what they would take from their own home. The following are their answers, some surprising, and some heartwarming.
It's important to know what items you and your family value enough to take with you in case of a fire or other emergency. If you know in advance what the most valuable possessions are to your family it's easier to remove them.
Although not my most prized, certainly one of my most valuable possessions - Contact with others is important
When we were talking about possessions, I had to think of one thing I didn't want to leave without. The Phone without it I couldn't do my job, nor be able to communicate with my friends and family, therefore it is one of the things I would take with me if I had to evacuate my house.
When I asked the kids, their answers surprised me, as so often we think the things we give them, the material things, are the most important to them.
Often we underestimate our kids
Grandma's Hair Flower
Sentimental items are irreplaceable
Often times we talk about how materialistic kids are, but when I asked my 14 1/2 year old Granddaughter what she thought I should take if my house was burning and I had to get out, this is what she said:
"If I was going to save anything during a fire it would be: My Grandmothers Hair Flower -it is a memory that I have of my Great Grandmother and it is a piece of her."
From her own house she wanted to take her collection of Indian Barbie Dolls "because they're collectible."
Many years ago this art form was popular. My Grandmother would take the hair from her hairbrush and put about 150 strands for each "piece" that she braided. She made patterns and sewed the braids together, forming her piece.
You should take yourself
so you don't burn,
because if you burn
you can't see your Grandchildren.
Cierra 9 years old
Take Your Dog - Pets are dependent on us
"Take your dog or he will die." This is from the 6 year old who spent the week playing with and taking care of my dog, Mr. Boone.
Indian Pictures in Dining Room
The 12 year old wants to save the Indian Pictures in the Dining Room. Most of these pictures were gifts to their mother as she was growing up. The kids are very aware of their heritage and apparently at least one of the kids would want to save these pictures.
She also wanted to save an oil painting of her family, and her Doll "Joseph."
Save Irreplaceable Family Photos
"I would want you to save the pictures and photo albums. Those pictures are of our family and some of them have been passed down and we would want to save the memories."
Shay 12 years old
And Mementos that can't be replaced
The True Value in Life
When everything is said and done apparently the material things aren't as important to most people. Yes, we worked to buy them, some people harder than others, but in the end it is just "stuff."
Talking to our kids, and grandkids, sharing stories and memories are the things that are really valuable for my family as they probably are for yours also. Many years ago I swore that if I cared about someone I would let them know before it was too late, and I would never stay angry with anyone I cared about. You only need to lose someone to know what's really valuable.
Ask your kids and Grandkids what's valuable to them, and you too might be surprised.