Two years ago, in September 2008, we had a devastating hurricane hit the Texas Gulf Coast. Being born and raised on Galveston Island, I am used to the threat of storms and I have had to evacuate quite a few times in my lifetime. Thankfully, I know what to do in preparation for leaving my home and all that I own in order to get my children and myself to a safe place.
My husband and eldest son both have to stay during a storm as part of their employment. So, in taking the reins and doing what I know I must do, I secure a hotel reservation at the town that will be our temporary home. Once we have somewhere to go, I begin to pack up the things I believe are of the utmost importance. This includes all the insurance papers, paperwork on our mortgage, accounting files, etc. I also pack up birth certificates, social security cards and special gifts I have been given by special people. Most importantly, I pack pictures of my family and friends that I could never replace.
When we evacuated our home in September 2008 to escape Hurricane Ike, I had 8 Disney photo albums and 3 Photopass DVDs in the back of my car. All the memories of our family are living in the pages of those Mickey adorned books. All my cherished memories of times I never want to forget are just sitting in there with no idea as to their importance.
When I look at what is most precious, it is always my family and memories of our times together. Looking at pictures of my children on the rides or my husband and I hugging in front of Cinderella’s castle or my mom and me laughing over a stupid hat I have tried on are the treasures of my life — the treasures that can never be replaced.
Where are your treasures? Were they found at Disney World too?