I think it is only fair that you get to know me a little bit better to understand how I think and how my brain works in order to put my writings into perspective and to draw your own conclusions. This is why I, once about every ten days, answer one of the questions from the New York Times question series: 36 Questions – How to fall in love.
If you want to start at the very beginning, you can find question 1 here.
And if you just missed the last answer to question 33, you can find it here.
Question #34 reads as follows:
“Your house, containing everything you own, catches fire. After saving your loved ones and pets, you have time to safely make a final dash to save any one item. What would it be?”
I like that the authors already included “your loved ones and pets”. Otherwise there would be a lot of room for screwing up the answer in front of your partner :D.
That is a really interesting question. I could go for the obvious such as pictures of my family (I know I wrote pictureS, but they are all in one place and I just assume that if I can grab one, I can grab all =) ). However, nowadays, all images are somewhere saved in a digital format. So, I also assume I can recover those.
I mean it has to be something that cannot be restored or purchased again. I mean I bought some very nice books in their first editions and signed by the author (if you are wondering which books: The Name of the Wind, The Wise Man’s Fear, and the 10th anniversary edition of The Name of the Wind – all by Patrick Rothfuss). And even though it would hurt, I could still buy them again.
I could also say my hand-made matcha bowl. But even with it, I would just let it burn, see if it is cracked after the fire stopped and then apply Kintsugi.
One of the more difficult things to lose would be my laptop, because there is so much knowledge and so many ideas on it that would be very very very difficult to restore. But it is also something I could accept.
But there are two things that I would mourn about. The first thing is a gift I got from my ex-girlfriend for my birthday. It is an engraving with one of my favorite quotes which is attributed to Leonardo Da Vinci. It was engraved by an artist from Saint Petersburg and this would not be easy to restore if even possible at all. And it is not so much about having something to remember her, but it is not only a beautiful piece of art, but it is also a reminder for me to do more.
The other things are all those messages from participants and my trainers from the conference I led in 2016. At these conferences we have the ritual to have sugar cubes. Those are envelopes where you can put a little thank you note or anything you’d want to tell the other person and didn’t have the chance to tell him/her yet. It is a wonderful tradition and although it might have been more than a year since I last read them, from time to time it is nice to indulge in those memories.
As I can pick only one though, I’d still choose the gift. However, I am well aware that I make this choice now, because at the moment, a part of me still wants to have a memory of her. But this might also change in the future. I am not bound to my answers for eternity =).
What would you save?
Take care, Stephan