Fire danger to our home is officially over (I live near the location of the recent Colorado Springs fire).
We were lucky enough to remain on pre-evac and never had to leave our home, but in the moments when I was convinced we would be put on mandatory evacuation, we prepared our “essential items” to take with us—photos, financials, files, etc.
I found myself taking only a few personal items.
Among them were books that I apparently wanted to be there if we had to start over in a new place. I certainly would have grabbed more if it were an option, but you can only fit so much in a car (plus, we took video of everything in the house, and I made sure to pan the bookshelves slowly so I knew exactly what would need to be considered for replacement).
I ended up with mostly kidlit, by the way~ go figure:
Barbara Cooney’s Oxcart Man, Emily, and The Story of Holly & Ivy (hardcovers)
Arnold Lobel’s Fables
Roald Dahl’s Danny the Champion of the World
Beth Hilgartner’s A Murder for Her Majesty
Richard Bach’s Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Charles Dickens’s Collected Christmas Stories
Works of William Shakespeare (A biiiiig book)
The US Army Survival Guide (to practice knots and learn about snakes I’ll never encounter)
Morton's Steak Bible
Provence: The Beautiful Cookbook
The French Farmhouse Cookbook
City Tavern (Colonial cookbook)
The Cheese Companion
And that's it~ that's what ended up in my pile. My instinct in movies was The Snowman (an artsy, animated short film), Elf (I know, I know—an odd choice, but it’s Will Ferrell in tights and he talks to a claymation narwhal whale! Starting over requires a sense of humor), A Christmas Carol (George C. Scott version), Love, Actually, Little Women, and Pride & Prejudice.
What have I discovered about myself?
-I like the Christmas season.
-Hot weather makes me crave cold weather.
-Craving cold weather makes me crave comfort food.
-I have, and will always hold a deep nostalgia for all things childhood-related.
What books and movies would be on your must-come-with-me-to-start-over list?
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Have a great weekend!