Michael D'Agostino of A Life Examined (that sweet thunder from down under) started this blog hop with these words:
"Your readers would like to know a little more about you. Show them who you are by taking part in the Question of the Month bloghop. On the first Monday of each month, we answer the question that gets posted here. Sign up on the list below to join the fun ;) With every question, remember that the important part is explaining your answer. And please, if you have any suggestions for new questions, share them in the comments section. I bet you've got some great ideas for us."
This month's question is:
If your house caught on fire, what's the one thing you'd grab before running out?
Man, that is a tough one. I'm assuming that living things don't count because everyone on the planet would save their loved ones (including dogs, Coco...settle down). They don't like me grabbing them, anyhow.
There's a list of possibilities: my guitar, which I love. Baby books from my children or letters from my great grandmother that passed away in 1984. There's jewelry in my bedroom that I'd hate to lose and handmade items from family members long gone.
Amazingly enough, I think I'd grab my external hard drive. I can see that crazy look on your face, even though we've not Skype-ing.
Let me explain. All my life, I've been one of those people who have emotional attachments to things like drawings from kids and cards from grandma. I'm sentimental to a fault. I'd consider it a character flaw. Program, ticket stubs, yearbooks...you get the picture. I love those little pieces of paper and whatnots that are like snippets of the history of my family, my friends and myself. (Janie, I'm not sure if that should have been "me" instead of "myself".)
Digitally, I have over 15,000 pictures on my computer. If you're my husband, I meant to say "fifteen" (if you're anyone else...really, it's 15,000). Some of those pictures are of relatives that died before 1900, but they're mostly pictures from my life time (you know, 29 years...cough, cough). They're all stored on that hard drive.
If that wasn't enough to make me grab the hard drive, I must add that it also stores some of my obsessive life's work: a huge database of genealogical research. I'm keeping tabs on my closest 15,000 relatives (approximately). How those numbers are close to the number of pictures I've saved is pure coincidence. I wish I had a picture of all of them but I don't. However, I do have scanned images of wills, bibles, birth certificates, paintings, maps...you name it. If it's tied to my family, I've got it recorded right there. I've even got images of paintings of the Plantagenet Royal line (yep, I descend from them, too...me and a zillion other people). There's no way of guesstimating how much time I spent on that research and it's ongoing. As long as everyone had a parent, there's more to investigate.
Since 1997, I've homeschooled one kid or another with only a brief break. Along the way, I started creating "unit studies" and focused classes. At last count, there's over 300 lesson plans on my hard drive and twelve years of syllabuses for classes I taught out in the community. There on that hard drive, too.
Now, I've convinced myself that I've made the right choice.
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