fire! Flames creeping
down the mountainside.
Air smells smokey in our yard.
We load our car with our treasures…
Fifteen photo albums,
our life story…
Smoke and fear dissipate.
We unpack our car with smiles and
new insights of what we value…
Copyright© 2021 by Cheryl Batavia
One Saturday about forty years ago, when my husband was at work, my young daughter, Ellen, and I watched fire and smoke moving down the mountainside toward our house. We packed our car with something irreplaceable…our photo albums. My fifty-two-year-old daughter still has those albums, memories of her childhood.
An Album of Childhood
Photo by Deb Dowd from Unsplash.