Daily Prompt: Burnt

“Remember yesterday, when your home was on fire and you got to save five items? That means you left a lot of stuff behind. What are the things you wish you could have taken, but had to leave behind?” –The Daily Post 

I’ll do another list! Here are five items I wish I could have taken, but had no choice but to give up.

1. My Board of Chinese Memories

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Every summer, I volunteer two weeks of my time to educate, befriend, and tour famous landmarks along the East Coast with fifty to a hundred kids from different parts of China. The kids often offer me gifts before they leave, and so I bring them home and display them so that I can always remember the great times I had with them. Losing all of these memories in a house fire would be tragic.

2. My Community Service Board 

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My Community Service Board has everything from my certificates of service to my pins from various Districts all across Key Club International. This board reminds me of all of the great memories I’ve created throughout high school. Freshman year to senior year – all of my service projects are on there … well, until the fire burned them all away…

3. My Nintendo DS and Games 

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I used to be so attached to my video games. I don’t really play them that much anymore but I’d certainly miss them if they were gone.

4. Old Family Photos and Videos

My parent’s photos (wedding, childhood, etc.) were never backed up digitally, so if they were not rescued from the fire, there would be no way of recovering them. After thinking about how scary this is, I feel like I’m going to have to slowly convert all of my family’s photo to a digital form for my own peace of mind.

5. My legal documents.

In my “frenzy” to find five things to rescue yesterday, I forgot some pretty serious stuff. I would definitely miss my birth certificate, social security card, and similar legal documents… Wow. That probably should have been number one on my list. I guess I was just trying to pick the five most interesting things my readers would have actually cared about.

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