Your home is on fire. Grab five items (assume all people and animals are safe). What did you grab?
My family survived Hurricane Iniki in 1992. Our house, unfortunately, did not. From that experience alone, there are some things that are sealed and packed in the event of a disaster, like important documents and family heirlooms, all ready for easy transport.
Of everything taken by the hurricane, I mourn the loss of my childhood pictures, so obviously, whatever photos I’ve accumulated since then would be included in the things I save. Photos are truly invaluable and although my parents tried to salvage as many pictures as they could, I’ve resigned to the fact that I’ll need to rely on my memory to remember my childhood. It’s not an easy feat since as I get older and my mind is filled with more and more noise of the present, the fuzzier my distant memories get.
Luckily, there are still a few pictures that trigger memories of a simpler time and a high burning metabolism.