Sunday, September 16, 2007

Save in Case of Fire - Fun Monday

This week's Fun Monday challenge is issued by Sayre of Sayre smiles. Sayre's request is this:

Brush off your interview skills. Talk to everyone who lives in your house. I want to know what their, and your, favorite piece of art is in your home. Photographs do not count. If there was a fire in your home, everyone would grab photographs, but what is the non-photographic piece of art you would grab on your way out - and why? (Edit: These don't have to be paintings - these can be wall hangings, statues, lumps of clay by your child, anything that is artistic expression of some kind EXCEPT photographs.)


What artwork would I grab in case of fire? Would I grab this dramatic black and white etching that my sister, Margaret, created in high school?



Nope.

Would I grab this Honore Daumier lithograph?

Probably not.

Would I choose this clock made by a former student in 1986 and the teddy bear that is from my infant years?

No.

How about this print that is reminiscent of the our oldest son's childhood?

The picture would remain on the wall in a fire.


Would I stop to remember this beautiful and unique suncatcher that belonged to my mother?

Not in a fire.

How about this ceramic duck hand-painted by my lovely sister-in-law, REM, would I stop to remove the duck from the bookcase?

Although beautiful, the duck stays in the burning house.

Would I grab this Holy Family sculpture that was given to my mom by my dad?


Hopefully, we would find Mary, Joseph, and the baby Jesus unscathed in the ashes.

Would I remember to bring the comic strip originals created by son Luke when he was in college for the Purdue Exponent?

Tempting...but probably not.

Would I grab this first ship-in-the bottle made in 1973 by my talented husband, Daddy D?

Again tempting, but no.

So what does a hard-hearted woman like me save in case of fire?


Daddy D, of course, the artwork although wonderful and sentimental, pieces of art add to our existence, but the pictured items are just things. Daddy D is the other person in our household. What would he save in case of fire?

We both treasure our belongings, but our greatest treasures are our loved ones.

39 comments:

TLP said...

Nicely done. VERY nicely done! *Applause Applause*

Sayre said...

That was lovely, MJD! I'm going to put you on the Challenge post now and you'll be on the Fun Monday post as soon as I write it.

willowtree said...

That's where we differ, I'd abandon the old fart and grab the sun catcher. Hmmm, this may be why I live alone...

daddy d said...

What a nice pick! Such joy.

AnGlOpHiLe FoOtBaLl FaNaTiC said...

That was so thoughtful of you. My hubby needs to suffer a little purgatory...I'd let him stew a minute, and then go get him!

swampy said...

Nice post. So like you.

Tiggerlane said...

Whoa. GREAT post.

You recognize the art and beauty of the human spirit and soul. I am sooooo touched.

And yes, Willowtree, that's why you live alone.

Margaret said...

Oh, yes, family first! Many of our paintings in the house were done by our older daughter. I would grieve to lose any of them, but they ARE only things.

Pamela said...

now that was sweet enough for my hummingbird feeders (:

Karmyn R said...

Of course!!! But the other stuff is nice to think about as you are heading toward the front door, arm in arm.

paddy said...

Yes, I would grab my eight year old Una (the other two Dara and Richard Dara lives with her boyfriend and Richard is the "playboy of the western world" tipical Irish living abroab)the two cats Oliver and Lilly and Dace our mature corn snake. I like things too but like you in a way everything could go. The one thing I would miss is my Paul Klee the prince of art in my mind anyway.
And if you and Daddy D happened to be staying over I would drage you out before I thought of anything material.
Y;-) Paddy

alisonwonderland said...

fabulous post! i'm nearly in tears!

Beccy said...

Great post Molly and it was nice to see your other treasures as well.

Hootin'Anni said...

Absolutely PERFECT. In every way.

Nessa / Goldennib said...

Lovely. And exactly the right way to prioritize.

min said...

I'm so glad there's no fire. You can enjoy your stuff and Daddy D! I enjoyed browsing through it. My sister collects Daumnier lithographs too, but she too, would probably save her husband first.

Tink said...

So sweet!

Even though you totally cheated. ;)

ChrisB said...

Lovely post (don't take any notice of WT) I think you have the right sentiments!

Debs said...

Wonderfully done!! Bravo!!! The most perfect post for this Fun Monday!! :)

lisa's chaos said...

I agree nicely done! I'm sure we all feel the same, ell except Willowtree but it was fun seeing everyone's art today.

Anonymous said...

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww......you made me tear up!!!
REM

Karina said...

Love it! A wonderful way to showcase all your artwork and still come out of the fire "unscathed"...love it.

Blue Momma said...

Great post! And you'd definitely have to save your little teddy. It's so cool that you've kept that. I don't have any of my childhood toys, though I do have my books.

Molly said...

Aw, sweet! I loved the buildup, and the peek at your treasures.....

susan said...

Wonderful, wonderful post! You showed us all your treasures and saved the very best one for last.

meggie said...

Very nice post! We have dogs too, so we would grab one each!

Robin said...

What a fun way to show us some new things and a few familiar ones :). At first, I was expecting art, but as the post progressed, I knew "what" (who) it had to be.

You wrote this absolutely adorably!

dawn said...

That is wonderful, and I remember some of those items from the fun Monday that people did right after I started blogging, but I wasn't yet participating. Way to go, but I did have to laugh at Willowtree's comment.

Jen M. said...

You are so right. After rescuing the kids, my husband, then the dog - I would be hard pressed to save any art. Although I am quite fond of some of the hand made goodies.

You friend,
Ann Coulter ;)

Princess Banter said...

Awww I love this post! Well done! Very well done :)

Lynne said...

I have to add my "Love it!" to the long list of others. How very true that all our belongings are just material things—without them we would find others. But the people in our ilves are not replaceable.

Thanks, MJD!

Frema said...

Great choice. :)

Tiger Lamb Girl said...

What a lovely post, mjd!

captain corky said...

Very creative and thoughtful.

gawilli said...

Yep. I think you are both keepers!

Nancy said...

Two perfectly unique pieces of art made by God himself =)

Beautiful post.

debi said...

I love that we got a tour of your prize posessions. You and Daddy D are special. I know few people who have remained married and can look back on a long happy life together. Maybe the key is that you both have such a great sense of humor. The family that laughs together,,,

bichonpawz said...

BRAVO! Well Said!! YAY!

Anonymous said...

how sweet