When I came home yesterday, there were about 20 police and firemen in the lobby of my building. Seems one of my neighbors left a candle burning and an errant breeze blew a curtain into it. Half her kitchen was flame-roasted before New York’s Bravest showed up to save the day.
Theoretically if the building had burned down, my homeowner’s insurance would have covered the cost. But I felt a chill thinking of all the favorite things in my apartment that are irreplaceable. There’s family photos, of course. My blankie. My grandma’s hand-pieced quilts, and the prayer shawl my grandfather gave my father, which I now wear. Oh, and the 19th century brass samovar, pictured at right, which my great-grandfather brought over from the Old Country. I was obsessed with the samovar as a child and now that it’s mine I like to polish it and murmur My Preciousssssss. It’s my favorite things that make my home feel like home.
What are your favorite things in your home? Partners, kids and furkids need not apply….we’re talking strictly material goods here. What’s beautiful, an heirloom or close to your heart? What makes your home feel like home?