Fleeing the Fire

At a family BBQ this holiday week, my brother-in-law asked us all a question:

“If you had to evacuate your home because of a fire, what would you take?”

Photo taken by Meredith Forrest Kulwicki, curtesy of Fox 13 News


There have been so many people asked to leave everything they hold dear because of the many fires that have burned-and continue to burn-across our state. We haven’t had any too close to any of our homes, but have friends in Alpine who were asked to evacuate.

The first thing that came to my mind is the crib my husband made for our babies when I was pregnant with my first. It’s a beautiful round crib, built from the ground up with a little plaque on the front that reads “To: Baby. Love, Daddy.” I know it would probably be impossible to disassemble it and get it out of the house quickly-not to mention the space it would take up in our car, but I would be heartsick to lose such a precious gift that took my sweetheart so many months to build.

Of course there’s the endless pictures, paintings, and little things I would want to take with me. And what about my boy’s favorite books bought with love from their grandmas and grandpas?

These fires that have caused so much heartache and destruction have made me really think about what is truly important. And when it comes down to it, all I really need with me is my family. Even if all we had were the clothes on our backs, if we were asked to leave our home and all I saw when I looked in the backseat of our car were our two little boys, that would be enough.

I’d love to hear what some of you brought with you when asked to evacuate. What were the first things that came to mind?


One comment

  1. GAMOM

    I actually have arranged my home so all my photo albums and family histories are close to our door. I could grab them and throw them in the car within 3-5 minutes along with our backpacks of supplies hanging in the garage. If I had more time maybe some of my heirloom jewlery (from my great grandma)and favorite knick knacks that aren’t expensive but have sentimental value. We had a fire a couple years ago that destroyed a storage room where we had some family antiques and where my married son had stored his childhood treasures until he had a place big enough to take them. I didn’t really care about anything except my son’s things and surprisingly most of them survived!

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