I had somewhat of a nightmare a few evenings ago. I was out for a nighttime walk with Thomas, and I got mugged! I had to hand over EVERYTHING. Purse, iPhone, wallet, diaper bag, stroller, and then all of my clothes!!! The robber told me I could keep Thomas if I gave him everything I owned. So off I went back home in my birthday suit while the masked criminal ran away with all of my possessions, clothing included, into the shadows of the night.
You know when you wake from a strange dream and lay there boggled for a few minutes, attempting to think it over rationally? I spent a few moments contemplating the ridiculousness of it all, but quickly came to the conclusion that even if something this ludicrous was to occur, I’d still be okay. When it comes down to it, the only thing that truly matters to me is PEOPLE. My son. My husband. My parents, brother, inlaws, family, friends. My dog (a person of the “furry variety”). Things don’t matter. People do.
My friend Arman hosts a link up called “Spill It Sundays”, with each week addressing a different topic that functions as a sneak peek into a blogger’s life. Interestingly, this week’s theme is dedicated to “5 Possessions That We Consider To Be Most Special & Important To Us.” Funny that I would be presented with this blogging prompt, as materialistic possessions have been on my mind this week after having that dream. The catch was that these 5 possessions could not include people or pets. During Thomas’s 30 minutes nap today (umm…his ONLY nap today….shoot me) I took a walk around our house, asking myself…“What things would I be most distraught over if I was to lose them FOREVER?” It was actually one of the most therapeutic things I’ve done in awhile, as it made me truly think about my genuine feelings towards my personal possessions. What matters vs. what REALLY matters. Here are the five I narrowed it down to, in no particular order.
I know what you may think. It’s just a phone. BUT! There are so many important things on my phone. Photos, videos, notes…I do everything on my iPhone and never leave home without it. Every new adventure Thomas takes, every thought I have for the blog…it’s all there. A story just recently in my childhood hometown: a girl’s phone was stolen from a popular restaurant/bar. Her friend wrote a Kijiji (like Craigslist or Gumtree) ad explaining that this phone had been stolen, but also contained some of the very last photos and videos of the owner’s brother who had passed away a few months ago. Luckily, the phone was somehow retrieved and returned to the girl. It made me think about how distraught I’d be if I were to lose everything on my phone, and reminded me that I need to backup everything this week! It’s not the phone itself, but the contents that actually matter.
2. Espresso Machine
This was a wedding gift from Adam’s brothers. I don’t know what I did in my pre-wedding days without ‘ol Gaggia. She’s been known to turn my frown upside down with simple the press of a button. Even bigger smile with a “double press”. I mean, when you pack up your coffee machine and fly it across the Pacific, and purchase it it’s own 50lb step down transformer so it functions on a different continent, you know it’s a keeper. Gaggia’s travelled over 12,000km and made over 8000 coffees. She’s definitely part of the fam.
My wedding and engagement rings never come off. Except for this photo and the occasional polish. I think any engaged or married woman would say that this is a possession that holds so much significance. From Adam’s proposal to our exchange of vows, each one is incredibly symbolic. No matter the shape, size, or style, each person’s rings are deeply attached to a story and a memory, which is what makes them truly irreplaceable.
Anyone who lives outside their own country or travels often would understand this one. I frequently check in on Mr. P’s whereabouts!
I am blind as a bat without my glasses or contacts. Yes, I can awkwardly maneuver my way around and could survive without them, but I’d be completely useless. Sight is the sense that I value most, and since it’s an impairment for me, my glasses and contact lenses take precedence. My life would be forever changed without them.
Although I am writing this post on our desktop, this is my usual go-to computer. It was a present from Adam, but I also store and save all of my work and photos on here. Thomas was fooling around with it today, and somehow my homescreen turned a crazy black/infrared colour. All the icons and photos are morphed. Google isn’t helping. Not happy, but can live without it if I have to, hence why it didn’t make the top 5 cut.
Camera and Lens
I use a Canon Rebel DSLR and usually use my 50mm 1.4f lens for close ups and portraits. In the past, I used to go through so many digital point and shoot camera, it wasn’t even funny. Dropping them on dance floors, getting beach sand in them…stupid. However, I’ve been so cautious with this camera. It has captured many amazing memories of Thomas’s 1st year, and produced quality photographs that I would have otherwise had to pay a photographer for each month. One of my favourite investments.
My Grandmother’s Ring
Although this is an irreplaceable object, I didn’t mention it in my top 5, as it’s not currently in Brisbane with us. Nannie was pretty much the only grandparent that I ever had. I grew up with her, and she was everything to me. She passed away unexpectedly the evening of our family Christmas in 2009 while I was home visiting from Calgary; we were all there with her when it happened. Nannie wore this ring every day, and it was very special to her. She always told me that she wanted me to have it whenever she was gone. Unfortunately, she missed my wedding 7 months later, so I tied it to my bouquet as a way of having her there with me. I left the ring in Canada in safe keeping, as I worried about bringing it overseas. However, I keep this photo on my dresser, as it’s the next best thing.
Arman, I must say that this was an amazing ideas for a link up. I actually had a pretty crappy day today, so to go through the process of evaluating my possessions and writing this post was a really significant experience for me. It made me reevaluate a few things , not to mention feel a sense of appreciation and gratitude. So, thank you!
When it comes down to it, stuff is stuff. Some of it more significant than others, of course. Yet as important and special as all of these things are, nothing could ever replace the people in my life. SOME things are irreplaceable, but ALL people are.
Is there anything you “can’t live without”?