Monday, July 21, 2008

If you left, what would you take?

While I was out for a walk today I listened to a podcast of NPR's "Fresh Air," featuring an interview with Rhett Miller, singer and songwriter for the band Old 97's.

During the interview, host Terry Gross asked Miller to recall his experiences on Sept. 11, 2001. Miller and his wife lived only a couple blocks from the Twin Towers in New York. Miller described going up to his apartment building's rooftop and seeing the first tower on fire, and people falling from above. He and his wife rushed back down to their apartment, only to be engulfed in smoke when that building fell. They managed to get away just before the second building fell, then, two months later, were allowed back into their apartment for five minutes as a National Guardsman watched from the doorway, machine gun in hand. Miller described his wife standing their closet holding six or seven pairs of high heels, crying. She was overwhelmed, and couldn't decide which pairs to take. Miller reminded her there was a man with a gun waiting on them and grabbed his guitar.

The interview got me thinking: If I had to leave my house in a hurry, what would I take? The first two things that popped into my mind were my cat, which didn't surprise me, and my passport, which did. But then it didn't. There are family keepsakes I would mourn the loss of, but most items -- clothes, furniture, etc. -- can be replaced. I've never really been big on collecting photographs or souvenirs; memories of life experiences are more important to me. So the gut reaction of grabbing my passport reinforces how important the ability to travel and gather more life experiences is to me.

What about you? If you had to leave NOW, other than your purse/wallet and family members, what would you take with you?

6 comments:

watchdoggin said...

i would take my copy of "we can relate" so id have something to wipe my hind end with.

watchdoggin said...

p.s. have you guys taken a good look at the picture you are posting? i cant beleive you have.

Anonymous said...

I would be that woman unable to decide, who probably didn't get anything out! This is a good thing to think about...passports, birth certificates, social security cards, which I'd need to start over...my wall of favorite family pictures, which I need to show me where I came from...

Anonymous said...

Wallet, my College and Law School diplomas, my dogs, my autographed Don Mattingly photo and my Yankees hat and Jersey and my laptop.

Anonymous said...

My Bible and whatever clothing I could carry.

Perhaps my copy of Anthony Hamilton's "Aint Nobody Worryin'" (if ya take a little walk with me....).

Anonymous said...

My cats, my wallet and passport, and wedding photo album, which captures both families on one of the best days of our life together.