Sunday, October 28, 2018
Fire and Books Do Not Mix
Although it would be a worthy endeavor, I don't want you to imagine yourself running into a burning museum or library and saving an original Gutenberg Bible or something of that nature.
No, I'm going to set parameters on this question.
The fire is in your very own home. The books that are burning are your books. Within minutes, ceilings will collapse, windows will blow out... You have time to save just ONE of your books.
Which ONE BOOK are you going to save?
I have multi-generational books on the shelves in my home. Many of them contain very fond memories for me. How could one possibly choose?
Hopefully, I am the only one answering this question whose house actually tried to burn down. I had family visiting, flames trying to engulf the central section of the house, thick toxic smoke that made you cough and feel as though your lungs were being shredded.
If this were to happen again today, I would only change one thing from what I did then. Then, I was holding my dog. I grabbed my wallet, my spare pair of glasses, and my keys, made sure everyone was out of the house, and got out of there. I did not save one book. Not one.
If this happened today, I'd still make sure everyone was out of danger. Since they are all in the same place, I would grab my wallet, my keys, and my smartphone. The only really different thing I would do-- okay, okay, I did grab the smartphone instead of the glasses!-- is grab some clothes. The first time around, I came very close to being forced to shop for clothes wearing my purple robe and fuzzy slippers!
My focus then was on my loved ones and having the identification and other means to take care of the aftermath. That would not change now. There is an upside to having a smartphone: I have a Kindle app, and I would be able to access all my eBooks, so this time I would be saving some literature.
One thing is certain; however, you never really know what you're going to do in a situation like that until it happens!