What's important to you?

@1creekgirl (12612)
United States
September 13, 2018 3:20pm CST
Getting ready for Hurricane Florence has made me, once again, really look at things and decide which are important enough to try to save. Every time we have a hurricane warning (and we've had many over the years), I start packing up things that couldn't be replaced if we were flooded or winds destroyed our home. Of course, I pack the usuals like photo albums. Does anyone even have those anymore? Most of my more recent photos are on my phone or desk top computer, but these are pictures that we no longer have the negatives for (yes, I'm old) and couldn't get another copy. That's one reason I take pictures of pictures. I pack up my favorite dolls from my collection. Like my doll that I made years ago that looks sort of like our daughter, complete with black curls and a few little freckles on her cheeks. I dressed the doll in the dress I made for our daughter on her first birthday. I also carefully wrap my china head doll, Belle Randolph. She belonged to my great grandmother in Illinois in 1873. Then I pack up Meg, a Little Women doll and Frenchie, a French reproduction doll, both from my husband. I'm fond of the rest of my dolls, but those are the most important ones. Of course, my NIV Bible that my husband gave me many years ago is included, but at the last minute so I can still have it out to read. My journals go into the bag...I'm hoping our kids and grandkids will want those when I'm gone. The last bag that will go in the safe (the others are too big) is my husband's wedding ring (it's too small for him now!), the gold Amethyst ring that my Grannie left me, and a pair of wolf earrings that our grandson Nathan brought me from a Boy Scout retreat in the mountains. So, none of those are valuable as far as the price of them goes. But they're priceless to me. Edit: The photo above is my Grannie holding my mother. You would think they were wealthy from the photo, but they were actually rather poor. The clothes were probably borrowed, but I love the photo.
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15 responses
• Jacksonville, Florida
13 Sep
Those things sound like treasures to your heart, they are the most precious things. My Bible, children, pets and my journals/devotionals are very important and they would come with me.
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@1creekgirl (12612)
• United States
13 Sep
I can sure understand.
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@amadeo (76308)
• United States
13 Sep
I was thinking about this.Just my checkbook and import papers.The rest they can have
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@sharon6345 (143059)
• United States
13 Sep
Right on Al, keep it all. lol I forgot that but it would be without a thought. My debit cards.
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@amadeo (76308)
• United States
13 Sep
@sharon6345 have a good evening.there.
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@1creekgirl (12612)
• United States
13 Sep
Yes, we have our important documents in a water and fire proof safe.
• United States
13 Sep
You seem well prepared as packing up your treasures. I should do the same but haven't.
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@1creekgirl (12612)
• United States
13 Sep
Last time we had a hurricane, our photo albums stayed in the trunk of my car for the longest time!
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• United States
13 Sep
@1creekgirl I've thought about what would happen if I had to evacuate but I never really did anything about it. I don't even know where I would go if we had an evacuation order since my children and grandchildren all live in the same area so we'd all be in a pickle.
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@1creekgirl (12612)
• United States
14 Sep
@Marilynda1225 Are there shelters you could go to?
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@LadyDuck (183478)
• Switzerland
14 Sep
This is a lovely photo, I do not have photos of my mother very young, I have one when she was 14.
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@1creekgirl (12612)
• United States
14 Sep
That's the only one we have of my mother when she was a baby, so it's very special to me. My grandmother looks so elegant, especially considering she was a 16 year old wife and mother and rather poor.
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@LadyDuck (183478)
• Switzerland
14 Sep
@1creekgirl Your grandmother really looks elegant. I had a photo of my father when he was a toddler.
@aureliah (19789)
• Kenya
14 Sep
That is such an amazing photo
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@1creekgirl (12612)
• United States
14 Sep
Thank you!
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@Corbin5 (119950)
• United States
13 Sep
That photo is just wonderful. Thank you for sharing that photo with us. For me, aside from my loved ones, our put included, it would be my purse with all its contents and my medication. I do have a few family treasures, but I could do without them if necessary.
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@1creekgirl (12612)
• United States
13 Sep
Thanks, I love that picture of my grandmother and mother.
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@JudyEv (137660)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Sep
That is a lovely photo. And yes, facing a possible calamity would make you pick and choose the real treasures from among your belongings.
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@dgobucks226 (14390)
15 Sep
Good question . My file box with important paperwork, checkbook, personal mementos that sort of stuff.
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@1creekgirl (12612)
• United States
15 Sep
Those are all important things.
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@dgobucks226 (14390)
15 Sep
@1creekgirl Oh yes almost forgot, all my credit cards!!!!
@FayeHazel (21433)
• United States
14 Sep
It's a great photo. Oh I am sorry you're having to go through this hurricane and I pray you and your property will be safe. I did enjoy the trip through your treasures. Please update us when you can
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@1creekgirl (12612)
• United States
14 Sep
Thanks, Faye. So far we're being very blessed, just rain and wind, but not too bad.
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@FayeHazel (21433)
• United States
14 Sep
@1creekgirl Oh good, I hope it doesn't get any worse
@Kandae11 (40358)
14 Sep
One time when I was forced to evacuate from our area, I was sure to pack my two porcelain dolls.
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@1creekgirl (12612)
• United States
14 Sep
There are some things we can't replace.
@iridion9 (10929)
• Philippines
14 Sep
I might try to save The Holy Bible, My Laptop, Tablets, LCDs, tablets, smartphone. and my wallet lol
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@1creekgirl (12612)
• United States
14 Sep
Those can be important.
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@UncleJoe (11333)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
13 Sep
All I did was drag my son's new kayak inside so it wouldn't get wet. Love the photo. Cuteness flows in your family.
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@1creekgirl (12612)
• United States
14 Sep
Thanks, Joe!
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@Namelesss (1748)
• Thomasville, Georgia
13 Sep
That is a stunning and beautiful photo. I'd definitely hang onto that! I doubt I'b able to grab much but I would grab my notebook. It contains folders with all our important papers. Most everything else would have to live on in memory. Stay safe hon.
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@1creekgirl (12612)
• United States
13 Sep
Thank you so much!
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@Elizaby (4102)
• Pensacola, Florida
14 Sep
I would save my bibles and other spiritual treasures
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@sharon6345 (143059)
• United States
13 Sep
I would only want my birth papers and id also my social security card.. I could live without everything else. With that, I can begin a new life if needed.
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