If Your House Were On Fire, What Would You Take?

The answer to this question provides an interesting study of prize possessions.

from Reader's Digest magazine | October 2011

Prized Possessions What one woman could not live without: dog, boots, computer, mother's quilt.
“Think of it as an interview condensed into one question,” writes Foster Huntington, the creator of theburninghouse.com. Each day, his site publishes a new photo and lists one reader’s answers to his question. Here’s the reply from Jennifer K., a 38-year-old Los Angeles resident:

  • Claude Jr., French bulldog
  • Patchwork quilt constructed from fabrics from my childhood/life, made by my mother
  • Vintage cowgirl boots
  • MacBook Pro that holds my photos
  • Pendleton bag, to carry all
  • Small jar containing fur from my first dog, chocolate Labrador Gunnar
  • Leica V-Lux 20. Would never leave behind my camera
  • Photo of my parents circa 1970
  • Snakeskin wallet containing all the essentials: money, driver’s license, Social Security card, credit cards, etc.
  • (not pictured) Boyfriend: Theodore

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