Al and I actually had this discussion earlier this week as we listened to the ongoing coverage of the fire and I guess not surprisingly, the first things we both agreed on, besides our dog, Sadie, were our computers. Not from a "Oh my god, I need my Internet" perspective, but because so much of our life is stored on them. Yes, we back up offsite and could retrieve the information if we needed to, but it would be simpler to just load up the equipment in the car. Beyond that, our roads divulged.
I would grab the photos and slides from the closet, along with a box of keepsakes and mementos I've collected over the years...dried flowers from my wedding, the first photo I ever took and developed in my best friend's dark room, greeting cards I'd received over the years that were special to me, ticket stubs from special events, special honors I received in school, the kids' first haircut souvenirs, and many other small and seemingly insignificant but sentimental things I've stashed away so they don't get lost. I'd also grab as many of the photos we have up on the wall in the hallway as I could - so many memories and some so old that they're irreplaceable.
Important papers, while stored in a fireproof box, would also find their way into our have-to-take items, along with a tool kit, and a first aid kit (I wasn't a girl scout to only forget the whole being prepared thing!) I'd grab some clothes and other necessities (meds, toothbrush, etc.) and if there was still time, as many of my CDs as I could manage, but if I had to narrow it down, I'd have to have Chicago's Greatest Hits, Jimmy Buffett's Volcano, Neil Diamond's The Greatest Hits, Garth Brooks' No Fences, and Billy Joel's Complete Hits Compilation. Memories to last a lifetime, and if anything can bring them back for me, it's music. Beyond that, while I would hope I could come back to it all, I could close the door and say know that I had what I needed and held dear in my heart.
So... what about you? What if...?