God has blessed me with a gaggle of great friends. I just spent two weeks enjoying the hospitality of a few of them—and missing the ones left at home, especially my family.
As I flew back on Tuesday, my neighborhood was being evacuated ahead of the Waldo Canyon fire. I was at baggage claim when my son called from the house asking what I wanted him to grab. I had prepared a list the day before. It was surprisingly short—photo albums, memory boxes and important papers. All things he had already loaded. (And the two carboys of Toe Tag wine of course.) Smart kid.
What makes pictures and keepsakes so valuable are the relationships they represent. Aristotle once said, “Without friends no one would choose to go on living, though he possessed every other good thing.” As far as I’m concerned, “every other good thing” could burn up without much loss. It will soon enough anyway.
For more than 32,000 of us in Colorado Springs, this was no drill. What would you save if you only had an hour? That’s where you should be spending your time and money now.
You don’t need a fire to teach you that.