Things I Want to Keep

When we hear of earthquakes, fires, and loss–we might immediately think of things we don’t want to lose.  If the insurance commercials don’t worry us, the news certainly does.

But maybe it would be wiser not to list what we don’t want to lose, but to focus on and cherish the things we want to keep.  I found that many of the things I want to keep cannot be moved from a lost home or a ruined car.  You might also discover that it’s people you love and the opportunity to breathe and go on, that are precious.

Here’s my list:

my husband’s warm hand in mine.

my son’s laughter and the music that emanates from his guitar.

my daughters’ loving advice and sharing on so many issues that come up in my life.

the memory of my mother’s beautiful soprano voice.

our home brimming with family, friends, good food and amazing conversation.

the morning paper with coffee aromas;

the cardinal saluting me high up in his tree;

sun and wind on my body as I walk;

holding a real book as I read;



soft pillows

articles about medicine

traveling—driving, flying

And finally, something that a dear friend told me to grab if my home were on fire, the seventeen scrapbooks full of pictures of all of this which cannot hold, though they try, the memories of my amazing life that I want to celebrate every day.

Thanks to Google Images

Things I Want to Keep

2 thoughts on “Things I Want to Keep

  1. We read about the Japanese combing through their uprooted and scattered pieces of their houses, looking for scrapbooks of photos. No one is ever reported looking for their jewelry, or clothes, but their photos. We never know if our home will be ruined by flood or fire and maybe there’s never enough time to grab something like that. Everyone should keep digital copies of their favorite photos somewhere, just in case. I have some favorite photos of my children I need to do that with.

    • Hi Lisa,

      Your idea to go the digital route is right on. But then there’s always the concern about where the photos are stored. As my husband says–in the end it’s just stuff–even though some of it is important stuff. Amazing how a 16 year old and his grandmother were just found in Japan. Beth

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