Aldon Hynes has a post up today asking 'what would you take with you?" in the event of a catastrophe like the San Diego fires. As Aldon says,
I’ve become much less attached to different objects. What matters to me, beyond my family, is mostly up online, my blog entries, my photographs. So, I don’t have a good answer to the question.
For me, if I had to make a quick grab, I'd take the diaries I wrote for each of my girls during her first year, my photo albums from the pre-digital era, and the painting of my grandmother that my mother gave me recently. If I had a bit more time and enough room, I'd take letters, mine, my mother's, my grandparent's. It's all about family and connection, and all the other stuff would be secondary.
Aldon concludes by saying,
There are objects in our lives that tie use down. There are symbols in our lives that lift us up. It is important to know which is which.
How about you -- what would you take?