What would you take with you if you had to leave your home, knowing that you would never return?

I’m sure you know about Hurricane Sandy and the devastation she is causing. It must be awful for anyone caught up in it. Without trivialising the catastrophe, I thought I’d point you to the Brain Pickings website, which has pictures of what people would take with them if they thought their house was about to be destroyed by fire click here to see pics.

I’m not sure what I would take … my laptop probably. Although if I was panicking, who knows what I’d do in reality! Thinking about this made me think of my mum and how, when she was forcibly expelled from her home in Silesia in Germany after the end of WW2, she was allowed to take only one suitcase of her things. I know she took her school report with her because I found it after her death, along with some letters. I often wonder why she took her school report out of all the other things she could have taken. What would you take with you if you had to leave your home, knowing that you would never be able to return?

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6 Responses to What would you take with you if you had to leave your home, knowing that you would never return?

  1. I guess my passport, I would have said some money but in reality I never have any on me would I even have time to rush to an ATM! (would one even be working?!) Depending on the situation would we even have electricity, wifi or other such things this is something I’ve actually thought about often… its so difficult to decide but hopefully we’ll never have to find out.

    Is there something written on there that maybe you mum could have been proud of and didn’t want to part with?

    • Marianne Wheelaghan says:

      A passport would be pretty important, of course! And money, or at least a bank card. Like you say, hopefully, we won’t ever have to find out.

      That’s a good point about Mum, maybe she was proud of her report card – it’s not outstanding but it’s not bad at all? Maybe she knew she would need it to find work? Maybe she took it with her because it was the only document she had that proved she’d once lived there? Hmm? Lots of food for thought!
      Thanks for your comment 🙂

  2. john gray says:

    Hi Marianne
    Interesting question. If I had enough time to think about it I would go for all my family photos and momentos as these are irreplaceable. Although today we have most of our photos on our computer. So maybe my laptop will be the next thing to salvage. I am not sure that I would bother with my school reports:), especially mine.

  3. Marianne Wheelaghan says:

    it’s mazing how many things we store on our computers. I’d definitely be lost without my laptop.
    As for report cards, I’ve no idea what happened to mine. I probably lost them on the way home from school – ha ha!

  4. Interesting question. If I lived in a disaster prone area I’d definitely put together an emergency suitcase so that I’d always be prepared. As it is I’d probably rush around chaotically and pack oddments. I’d definitely want to take my toothbrush though and my passport.

    I can understand your Mum with the school report, something she can feel pride in, something to help her get a job. Something to remind her of what used to be her normal life.

  5. Marianne Wheelaghan says:

    yes, i think I might keep a bag at the ready too, a bit like the bag I used to have when I was pregnant – although I have no idea why I had quite so much in that bag, given I was only away from home for such a brief time – and, of course, I’d not need the nappies and baby vests etc as my children are now in their twenties. ha ha!

    Mum placed a lot of importance on education, so, thinking about it, in many ways it makes sense that she would keep her report card. Thanks for comment 🙂

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