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.)
Would I grab this Honore Daumier lithograph?
Would I choose this clock made by a former student in 1986 and the teddy bear that is from my infant years?
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.
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.