Tuesday, November 8, 2011

My Family Culture - Hurry We've Got to Evacuate

We have just been told to gather only three things from our home, as we are being rushed to a waiting boat to take us to higher ground and then to a different country to get us to safety.

I grab our family photo album

I chose the photo album because the pictures represent moments in time that can never be recaptured.  My children will never be babies again.  I will never hug my Grandmother next to the Christmas tree again.  I will graduate from college again but not with my first degree.  So having that album with those memories is priceless and cannot be replaced.

My medicine

I need my medication because it is important that I can stay healthy on this trip. 

Our important documents

 My documents are important in proving who I am.

 We arrive in our new country and we're told that only one of the articles, I have, can be brought into the country.  What a dilemma !  What shall I do, what shall I do?  I remember, I took pictures of all of our important documents and placed them in the photo album and I inserted copies of my prescriptions in the album too!! Whew!  The choice is easy.  I'm keeping the photo album.

The insights I gained as a result of this exercise are that I'm not as prepared as I should be for unforeseen disasters.  My family culture has always been to trust in the Lord and he will take care of you.  I believe that and I know the Lord gives us common sense to know that stuff happens.  I do have my photo album close at hand but when thinking of emergency preparedness, I now will insert copies of birth certificates, marriage license, medical information and social security cards in the album.  Better yet, scan everything to my computer and save it to a zip drive.

1 comment:

  1. Stephanie,

    As I read the posts this week I am surprised at how many people chose documentation of who they are. It did not cross my mind at all about the importance of this information as a family immigrates to another culture. I definitely would have to consider this in the future, as it was not something I included in my list.