But it was enough to cause some anxiety for many in this area and for me to have the car packed, ready to go from Tuesday for the rest of the week. They evacuated the other side of the road but not mine.
What do you do in circumstances like this? How do you decide what to take? What do think you would take? What have you taken?
There is a well-known question:
‘What 3 things would you save from your house if you had to leave in a hurry?’ which in turn can make an interesting writing prompt:
Imagine that you had only minutes to grab 3 things from your home – what would you choose? Why?
Write about each object (animate? inanimate?) in turn – describe it, write about its history, its importance in your life, what it means to you.
What you do take in the crisis moment may well be different from what you think you might take. In 1990 we really were evacuated because of fire – the 3 things we took: passports, baby & computer. This week I was in the situation of having to make the decision for someone else as well and it’s not easy.
In Nadine Gordimer‘s most recent novel a family begins packing to emigrate:
What each of the four – Jabu, Steve, Sindi, Gary Elias – finds can’t be left behind is an insight into what they don’t know about each other.
No Time like the Present p379
There was nothing, nothing he wanted that it is possible to transport.
I want to thank everybody who offered me a place to stay if I did have to leave, and all those who heard about the fire and asked after our safety and well-being. Your thoughts were appreciated. To see a time-lapse film of the fire in Boulder click here. For the moment all is well. Thank you.