We had a scary evening last night; a huge thunderstorm came through our area, and there was a possibility of a tornado watch. I lived in Texas for a few years, and tornadoes were fairly common. They were pretty scary, and although I never had damage from them, they came too close for comfort.
So the Crankee Yankee and I went right into preservation mode; closing windows, shutting down electronics, and making sure all five cats were off the screened-in porch. (Just the noise alone sent them all flying down to the basement.)
Now we have always kept canned goods, can openers, bottled water, blankets, all the cat carriers, cat food, mud boots, a battery-operated radio, telephone, first aid kit, etc. down in the basement. We were fully prepared to crate up the cats and move to a safer area if things went sideways.
However, tbey didn’t. The tornado never appeared; we just got some thunder rumbles and lots of rain (which our gardens loved). I had always wondered what keepsakes I would take if we ever had to evacuate; in looking at my family pictures, important papers, special pieces of jewelry, favorite clothing and shoes, etc.—nothing seemed as important as the Crankee Yankee, me and our cats.
Even though the “irreplaceable” things can be lost, we still hold them in our hearts and minds. It is the memory and the heart that stores the truly important things. In this way, nothing valuable can ever be taken from us.
As a child, my father once gave me a tiny white pearl ring on one of my birthdays. It was my favorite and proudest possession. And of course, since I was a child, I lost it. But to this day I will never forget the love in my father’s eyes when he gave me that ring. Although it’s been gone for decades, I still remember how much it meant to me.
And after all, when you come right down to it, isn’t it the memory of things that matter most? We certainly can’t take all our possessions with us, but our minds and hearts have endless space for all those memories and all the love we have for family and friends.
Those are the things that truly matter.