The Random Writings of Rachel: What Would You Save in a Fire?

What Would You Save in a Fire?



Notice that my bangs are pulled back--in the universal hairstyle language, that means, "I suddenly decided I hate my bangs." Not to worry, I cut them less than 24 hours after these photos were taken and I don't hate them anymore.
 
Angel told me recently that he had a dream that he was at our house, alone, and suddenly realized that the house was on fire. He said that his automatic reaction was to go to our closet and grab my entire wardrobe and throw it out of the house, and that his plan was, after saving all of my clothes, to go and grab our fireproof safe if possible.

When he told me about that dream, I thought that his reaction was very strange, but also pretty sweet. I remember always being taught that you shouldn't try to save any things from a fire, just get yourself and those more helpless than you out of anywhere that's burning. But, to answer the hypothetical, "If you could only save one THING, what would it be?"

I'd say my computer plus the two external harddrives that are nearly always plugged into my computer so basically, they're one thing. I'm practical like that.

But my sweet husband says that out of everything we own, he'd save my clothes. And let me tell you something--if it isn't obvious by now, I don't own expensive, designer clothing. He's not saving those clothes because he wants to protect his financial investment (though maybe it's true that he wouldn't want to cover the cost of a brand new wardrobe). He'd save my clothes because he knows how happy I am to wear my silly little dresses and my excessively bright colored jeans. That's pretty sweet, when you think about it.

So, I'll ask you the question. If you could save any one THING you own (not people, okay, that's a given!) from a fire, what would it be?

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  1. Haha, that is so funny but sweet! So many of your clothes have sentimental value to you as well, so it makes total sense that he would dream that!

    I'd be torn between the computer (but ONLY because I don't have our photos backed up anywhere online), or my favorite stuffed animal from my childhood, Ladybug. But now that you limited me to one thing, I can thing of so many sentimental things that would make me so sad to lose. Luckily they are just things, but it would be so difficult to lose something attached to memories.

    I think Tyler would probably either try to save his rocks or his grandpa's painting...he would have a lot of things he'd be sad to lose as well!

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  2. I love that he saved your clothes!

    When I was really little I remember there was a pretty bad fire in our family friend's neighborhood. The mother of the family took threw her kids' clothes/whatever she could onto their beds, stripped the sheets, bundled everything in them, and tossed the bundles out the window. She ended up saving quite a bit of their things before she had to evacuate. I don't think I'd be able to think that quickly, but I think I could manage to grab one or two things.

    I would save my external hard drives if I could. They have all my pictures on them. I really should look into another form of storage. I lost 90% of my pictures from college because of multiple laptop crashes. I would also try to save my bear. My husband got him for me when he got back from his first trip for work. He saw how lonely I get when he's gone and he wanted to give me something to hug.

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  3. That's funny but so sweet! It would be hard to pick one thing. I'd be torn between the computer and my scrapbooks, because I don't have those photos backed up anywhere else.

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  4. OMG Great question Rachel. I would save our lap-tops and phones and USB devices for the sole reason that ALL of our photos are there. And I definitely want to save/have every single photo of Vivian from her growing up so that's what I'd save.

    Your husband is right though, you have such cute clothes. Like I am loving today's Floral Top. And you made it a little edgy with the leather jacket and 70's bohemian with the bell bottoms.

    Enjoy your Monday. Ada. =)

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  5. LOL I, too, would save my harddrives. And I'd also have to save my favorite artworks that I've done and a pair or two of Jeffrey Campbell shoes. These things go out of stock, you know. OTHER THAN THAT, I think I'd be set.

    Those jeans are killer. I used to have a similar pair and WHY WHY WHY did I get rid of them?

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  6. I would also save my hard drives. Many of our photos are there. We have a metal box where we keep important stuff like marriage license etc, so probably that as well as my pug : ) She'd be the first one out.

    Your legs look a million miles long in those pants.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  7. This is so sweet! I love that he would grab your beloved wardrobe and nothing of his own. I think I'm with you and would probably grab my computer. Maybe I'd try to bring my entire bookshelf/ves could that count as one thing?

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  8. I think about this ALL THE TIME. And because I'm always so concerned about losing pictures, I try to get them onto facebook or a cloud regularly. That way I can grab my wedding dress and the box of handwritten love letters between my husband and me. I'll ditch the dress if I have to, but the letters can't be replicated.

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  9. So cute! I would have to save my dogs! And then I'd go for my laptop. It has so many pictures I'd hate to lose!

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  10. Ok, that's the sweetest thing I've ever heard. :) so cute. Love your outfit! I've got bangs too and some days I just can't stand them! Haha a good trim always helps :)

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  11. I would go with my crate of journals i've kept since I was 6 years old! Then my laptop for all the photos. And my dogs would be obedient and follow me and my husband out. :) If i could go back in I'd take my antique tea cart- it's an heirloom piece my parents gave me, and i absolutely adore it!

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  12. I think about loosing my pictures all the time... But if there is a fire, I'm saving my kid though - he's pretty important ;-0


    Happy Medley

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  13. This is so silly but I've always said pictures!! You know, the ones before facebook, jump drives and computers? Those!! haha Great post!

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  14. That's very sweet! I've thought about this before and once I started thinking about it, I wanted to buy a huge fire proof vault and put everything valuable like my boxes of pictures, external hard drive, pretty much everything in my filing cabinet in it. But the first things I would grab would be my dogs.

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  15. Definitely my laptop!!!! It would've been my bookcase before the invention of eBooks, but now my laptop is my one-stop shop for pretty much everything important in my life.

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  16. Angel is the sweetest! I'd grab my iPhone and charger and whatever else I could throw into a gigantic bag:)

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  17. That is so sweet that he would save your clothes because they make you happy! Very caring man! Love it! I am not sure what I would grab, probably my purse. LOL!

    Rebecca
    www.winnipegstyle.ca

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  18. This is sweet! And, I love that your husbands second option was to save the fireproof safe. Ha!

    I have a really old piano that has been passed down for generations. I would definitely want to save the piano...but I'm not exactly sure how I would do it. Hmm.....I guess I need a plan. :/

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  19. Aww that's sweet! Saving the computer is a good idea, and I'd probably do that too. Now that photos are mostly digital, I'd want to save them for all the memories.

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  20. That really is sweet of Angel. I'd save my pets, but if that was supposed to be in the same category as people then I'd also have to say my computer because it stores all my pictures and design files that I would have to create all over again.

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  21. Only one thing!? Or do cats count as people? If they do, then I'd save my computer for sure. If they don't count as people...I have to say I'd save my cat.

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  22. oh, thats really sweet! I don't know what I would save. Probably whatever was closest to me.

    Also, I love your outfit! So floral and cute, and pretty tame by Rachel-outfit standards, if I must say so myself. :)

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  23. It would be my pets, hands down! If that doesn't constitute as a "thing", then I'd say I'd take my box of memories. It's an old box filled with photographs and memories from 2008, when my boyfriend passed away. I couldn't let all those memories burn up!

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  24. Pets count as people, right? So that leaves me one thing still. It would definitely be my computer, hands down. We have home owners insurance so the rest would be "replaceable" but my computer is my baby.

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  25. I think about this all the time. Zoey. Wedding photos. As many of my precious books as possibl (especially since I lost them all once in a disaster already!)

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  26. I'd grab my external hard drive. It has ALL our photos on it. That way I could re-print them or re-use them instead of just grabbing the physical albums. Not so funny/funny story though... my mom's house caught on fire when they were little and she remembers my grandpa running around in his underwear. So I make everyone sleep in some for of pjs. Ha!

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    1. Because the fire was at night. Left out that important detail. Ha!

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  27. Hmm, that is a tough one. I would either save my wedding ring or photo albums because they are such great memories of all the fun times we have had together. I could probably still get the pictures from online, but those suckers took a lot of time and effort to put together!

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  28. I'd definitely save my laptop. My whole life and business is on it!

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  29. Beautiful floral top! For me, I would probably grab some old photo albums. I mostly have everything of mine digitized and backup up online now, but just haven't finished some of the really old pictures yet. Such a scary thought!

    cute & little

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  30. This question is one I've given a hefty amount of thought to over the years (in no small part because one of my greatest fears is being a house fire and burning to death - sorry to get so morbid) and the answer has varied throughout different times in my life. At present, I would say that I would reach for the small number of vintage items that belonged to my relatives, my photo and scrapbook albums, our wedding certificate, and my childhood teddy bear. I hope dearly though that I never have to scramble for those treasures in a true emergency (nor that you find yourself in the same situation, dear gal).

    ♥ Jessica

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  31. haha aw that's sweet of him! If Hawkeye is excluded (she counts as people in my book. Furry people.) then I would save my childhood bear! I always tell John he's on his own in a fire, I'd have Hawkeye in one arm and my bear, Snowy, in the other!

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  32. I have a box where I keep stuff that was my dad's... I think I'd pick that! I would be sad if I lost other things but to me that box is irreplaceable.

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  33. "Notice that my bangs are pulled back--in the universal hairstyle language, that means, "I suddenly decided I hate my bangs." AMEN SISTER.

    I guess I would save my computer too? I haven't given much thought to it, and I don't think I'd think too clearly in the moment. I'd probably be too focused on getting my husband, dog and I the heck out of there!

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  34. That is sweet! I honestly don't know what I would save?!

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  35. Aww that's so sweet! Honestly, I was practically tearing up by the sweetness hahaha. But gosh, what would I save in a fire? Probably my little stuffed animals because I'm sooo weird like that. But I love those guys lol ;)
    xo Olivia

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  36. That's so sweet that he would save your clothes! I'm not sure what I would grab but probably my purse stuffed with whatever is close by :)

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  37. i love how you talk about seemingly everyday stories but they are just filled with so much love - like angel saving your dresses and jeans? so so sweet. i'd save... let's see... the bridesmaid book filled with letters that my friends wrote to me on my wedding day :)

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  38. My sister in law and I juuuuust had this conversation. My answer always was my trunk full of journals. I have other important things in that trunk and I could probably drag it out, relatively quick. Rob would grab guitars- for sure..!

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  39. That is so cute haha :) I'd grab all I could and dip but one thing I'd say my computer as well - my phone is implied because it's always on me. I don't always check it but it's always near me. :) Have a great one Rachel! -Iva

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  40. Very thought-provoking, and another great post! As you said thinking my hubby,kids, and Daisy the Pug are all safely outside, the things I would go for would be my nine year old's drawings on the fireplace, passports/id bag and if I can laptop/tablet. I know that's not one but all those things are in close proximity so should hopefully count. I also know my hubby would be grabbing some of my sentimental stuff so we would be covered. ( Plus as long as the people are out that would be all that mattered :) Love your hubby's reaction :) XOXO, Elif
    http://theboxqueen.com

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  41. That is the sweetest thing ever! Your husband is definitely a keeper!

    I think I would grab my hard drives that have my photos. So...now I should probably go put those in one box in an easy, reachable place so I can grab the box and my babies and get the heck out! :D

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  42. Do dogs count as people? They'd definitely be first. Your husband is such a sweetie...you lucky girl!
    Debbie
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  43. Hahaha, you are so right about pinning back bangs. I'm about to do the same with mine :-/

    I unfortunately have had practice on grabbing things in a fire. When I was 11, we looked outside to see a wildfire was creeping into our backyard, so we grabbed the pets and whatever else we could and got out. I remember grabbing photo albums, and I walked to my closet and just scooped up an armful of clothes so I at least had something. Now? I'd grab my cat and my computer :) Two things, but oh well.

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  44. My wedding/engagement ring (one thing because they're soldered together). My laptop would be #2.

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  45. Oh gosh, I'd be devastated if I lost all my clothes in a fire so I'd want to save my wardrobe too! I think the only thing I'd really want to grab (after my hubby and dogs were safe) is my wedding dress! I had to evacuate during Hurricane Sandy and I panicked that I didn't take my dress with me. Thankfully we didn't have any damage!

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart
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  46. I have always known the answer to this, but now I need to go find my item. When I was in middle school, my great-grandmother's house burned down. Very few things were salvaged, but one thing that was was just a cheapie flip photo album filled with photos from my parents' wedding (they divorced when I was 10). When my great-grandmother passed away, it was given to me, and I have always said I would want to hold on to it. I doubt those moments are treasured by anyone but me so it's my job to save them now!

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  47. oh gees! That's a hard question. I'd put my camera, laptop and cat in a bag and that would be my one thing ;)

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  48. My Bible of 17 years with a load of notes, highlights, and several inspiring inserts from past Bible studies inside it. Angels dream is adorable. I mentioned ya on my blog. Thanks for the pendant giveaway as you will read in my post. Rachel xo

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  49. I LOVE your jacket! Brown leather is such an awesome thing, right? :)

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  50. Aww that is pretty thoughtful of him :) I highly doubt my husband would say that! haha! I think I would take my blanket that I sleep with every night since I was a baby. Yes, I am that pathetic. But I don't think I could sleep without it {I never have} and it isn't something that could be replaced!

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  51. The floral top with brown leather looks fabulous!! Love it.
    www.floralandfudge.blogspot.com

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  52. Ahhh I don’t know! Probably my computer as it has so many photos on it. But I did have a dream once where I realized the house was on fire and I was stuffing all my clothes into a suitcase to drag outside.... :p

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  53. I would save my wedding scrapbook. Actually, both my scrapbooks. One of them I made, and it took me an entire year. The other my friends all put together with different pages with pictures of us through the years. They're irreplaceable!

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  54. Awww... that's so sweet! After my kids, obviously, I'd grab my computer if I could...
    Thanks for linking up for Passion For Fashion this week! ♥

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  55. You pose an interesting question. It's one I've often given some thought to, but honestly never could choose just one thing. I cannot imagine and hope that I will never be faced with that horrible decision.
    Clothes first and fire proof safe next. haha, funny the things we do in our dreams.
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  56. i'm so not into my possessions anymore. i always tell my husband, "it'd be so nice to clear everything out and just start again." and we don't even have a lot of stuff to begin with. we're very lean. so i'd probably save our wedding photo album.

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