As pictures of Irene were coming at me from every TV channel I thought of all my blog-friends who were in its path and 1993.
In 1993 there was a destructive fire in the nearby town of Laguna Beach. We could see the smoke and flames from our deck. I remember going around the house and listing what I would take in the car if the fire were approaching and we had to evacuate: The watercolors and oils my Mother painted; the folk art sculptures my Dad created in the last years of his life; a few pieces of jewelry, some masks from our collection, birth, social security, bank records, my purse with ID and credit cards; some changes of clothes; a few paintings I did in college, some pictures, a leash, a water dish and Max.
Last year we could see another fire in another location from our house. I stood watching the smoke and flames and asked myself the same question: What would I take? The only thing I could think of was my purse and Max. I figured my Husband would take care of himself!
It was quite a startling revelation that I had changed in the past 15+ years: Nothing material really mattered to me. It could all burn down. I even began imagining what I would do differently. Very strange, very interesting. I’ve not changed my mind.
There’s a blog dedicated to that very subject created by Foster Huntington. Here’s a bit of what he says about his blog:“The Burning House” showcases photos and lists of the things people would take with them if their house was burning. The project is a little over a month old and so far has received over three hundred submissions!”
Read More of Foster Huntington’s interview on
Here’s what his instructions are:
If your house was burning, what would you take with you? It’s a conflict between what’s practical, valuable and sentimental. What you would take reflects your interests, background and priorities. Think of it as an interview condensed into one question.