Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Burning House

The Burning House is a website in which the creator asks people (artists, students, anyone) what they would save when there house was burning down.  It's clever; the stuff that people save is incredible and sentimental and makes you think about what's really important.  People save their cats and their wedding dresses and their laptops and their favourite clothes.  They save presents from their loved ones and the things that hold memories for them.  It's pretty cool.
When I was a junior in high school the house next door to ours caught fire.  I woke up and saw out the window of my sister's room three stories of orange flame - that eventually caught on to our house, but that's a story for another time.  Seriously, I put on a skirt and a coat (it was November) and ran out of the house with my family.  We have three cats, but they weren't what I was thinking about.  I was thinking about how I wanted the people I love to be safe.
So I can answer this, as it's happened already.  When I left our burning house I didn't take anything with me.  It was three in the morning.  What I took was my family.  And that's all.
What about you?  What would you save in a fire?

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