Interestingly, I’ve discovered that the more I do this, the more ruthless I become. I find that I’m ridding myself of things that once had sentimental value, but don’t mean as much now. I even came across a box that I had long ago labeled ‘Things We’ll Never Use Again, But Can’t Bear To Part With’ which I vaguely recall packing about twenty-five years ago. It contained some of my kids’ school papers from their elementary days, but also several things that I held up and asked, “Why the heck did I think I wanted to save that?” Kept the school papers, tossed the mystery items.
While I’ve been doing this, people have been fleeing war zones and unstable homelands, hoping for a better life in Europe. They leave almost everything behind as they run toward safety. This made me wonder what precious items I would take if I had to run for my life. I’d probably grab only the most necessary items – practical shoes, not the adorable red sandals with flowers on the strap. I would take serviceable clothes like jeans and t-shirts. I might need a fleece jacket more than a silk sweater. Definitely, I’d take my laptop so I could make notes, store memories, and write stories. One thing I’ve noticed that the refugees take is each other. They struggle to keep their families together, reminding me that it’s the people in our lives that matter, not the things.
How about you? What would you take if you had to leave suddenly?
Patricia Forsythe is the author of many romances, both traditionally and electronically published. Her most recent book was Her Lone Cowboy, a Harlequin Heartwarming novel available in June 2015. Visit her at patriciaforsythebooks.com. Her next book will be Lucky Break Christmas: Second Honeymoon in the Sweet Christmas Kisses 2 anthology.
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