Yet I love fire, I love the heat from a fire and the joy of sitting around a camp fire, the initial VUMMMPPPFFF of a bonfire when it is first lit is fabulous.
But if the house was burning down and all the people were safely somewhere else, what would be the five things I would grab?
It takes some thinking about. We don't have our files organised well enough for me to grab a file and simply have all of our essential paperwork, insurance files, birth certificates, it would take me too long to collect that stuff from all the folders and plastic pockets - in fact I don't know where half that stuff is! (Note to self, get paperwork organised)
The first thing I would take is our computer. It has our photos stored on it, lots of videos and years of memories. That one computer holds years of our lives on it.
Second I would grab Immy's stinky blanklets. If the rest of the house was gone and she lost everything she would need to sniff those stinky rags to find her happy place. You might think this would be the best time to just let them go and be rid of them once and for all, but I just know how much happiness she gets from those things.
Popps is not attached to anything at the same level as Immy is, but she has a couple of stuffed toys that have survived since she was born which I would grab as I ran past her room. They were given to her by special relatives and each one holds a little story to her life.
Our wedding photos would be next. The photographer we chose ten years ago was still not keen on using digital photos and only provided real images, a real album. We don't have any electronic files from our wedding and I would hate to lose that album.
With the fire lapping at my heels and the smoke taking over, the last thing I would grab is my hand bag. In it would be the car keys, my phone (with my contacts) and all those little things that I seem to think are so essential that I carry them with me every time I leave the house.
Losing everything else would be just terrible, sure, they are only objects and can be replaced, but the thing is, we all surround ourselves with things that are special to us, things that make us feel good, happy memories. I would hate to see it all go up in smoke.