- My daughter's memory book: Since I discovered I was pregnant with my daughter in 2006, I have kept a book of memories. Inside the book are milestones, her drawings, a lock of hair (first hair cut), pictures and written memories. This book would remind me of how important life is and we look at this book often. She loves to read about herself as a baby and I love to be reminded of how little she once was.
- The iPod my husband and I share. My husband and I have downloaded many songs on our iPod--even songs for our daughter--and we love listening to the music. When we grill out at night, we play our iPod and sing/dance to the music. Every evening before bed, my daughter sings and dances for us--she loves to entertain. It's a joy to watch her and it makes our evening. The performing has become a nightly ritual and I would hate to lose this ritual!
- A framed picture of the entire family. This picture has all members of my family (mom, dad, brother, sister, etc.) and I would take this to remind myself how lucky I was. I was lucky growing up in a great, loving home and I was lucky to live next door to the home I grew up in--and my parents still live there!
The items would be easy to explain--I think I explained their meanings quite well. Anyone would be able to see the love these items bring to my family and me. These items would remind us of how special we are and how our comfort items make us who we are.
If I was told I could only keep one item, it would have to be my daughter's memory book. My daughter is our world and losing those memories would be very traumatic. I understand I have stored memories, but pictures, drawings, milestones--they are hard to replace. I would hope I could keep all items--this was a difficult choice for me.
This exercise made me realize how we take our everyday comforts for granted. How would I feel if my daughter couldn't "perform" every night with song and dance? How would I feel if I couldn't keep photographs of my family? Music, photos, memories--they are all very important to us and we would be lost without them.
|Family Photo I would take...|