I have this fear. Yes, I admit it. I may sound fearless but as I get older, being part of the boomer generation, this brain is starting to lose some parts. Memory parts, that is. In order for me to … Continue reading →
For the sake of this prompt, these five items are all in my purse. It’s a small card holder that has my identity: Driver’s License, Medical Card, Social Insurance Card and Credit Card. In addition, I will put on my shoes, an outdoor coat and apartment keys. These are what matters and all I need. As for the rest, material things can be easily replaced.In reality, summer 2005, I was lying flat on my back in the middle of the living room, playing with Maurice, the cat. Lying on my back is all I can do due to a work related accident, I was on health leave. My lower lumbar suffered soft tissue injury from lifting a heavy box. Tsk-Tsk.Clang, clang, clang goes the fire alarm. Now what? This is exactly what I need! Maurice was startled and went into hiding. Cats are very sensitive creatures, they prefer quietude like me.I slowly got out of my back, heard the commotion outside. I do not have a cage for the cat so I grab my backpack. Looking for Maurice, I stuffed him in the bag. Grabbed my bag with my identification cards in it, shoes and apartment keys I slowly left the apartment with Maurice. We descended down three flights, not an easy task for my back. In the meantime, Maurice was screaming his head off in the bag and trying to pacify him that everything will be alright.Outside, everybody is gathered and five fire trucks are already in front of the building. Commotion, chaos and we were looking to check if everybody is out. Checked, everybody is accounted for.The firemen did their thing. We stood outside in a warm sunny day, chatting, joking, exchanging pleasantries, and catching up with what’s happening with our lives to keep our mind off matters. It seemed like forever. Finally, the firemen proclaimed, ALL SAFE – FALSE ALARM. Hooray, the crowd shouted, we all returned to our apartments and we lived happily ever after to date, especially Maurice, the cat.