Of the senses of sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste, I would probably give up taste. When you start considering what sense you would give up, you really begin to appreciate all of the senses that you do have.
I wouldn't want to lose my sight, b/c I appreciate the beauty of nature, and I just love watching everything that my little one does. I wouldn't want to lose my hearing, b/c I love listening to music, and I love listening to the babbling and cooing of my 8-month old daughter. I wouldn't want to lose my sense of touch, b/c I have heard about people who have that malady and cannot feel pain - which can lead to extremely serious injuries. I wouldn't want to lose my sense of smell, b/c I love the smell of the flowers in Spring, and look forward to that every year when I plant my annuals.
I wouldn't want to lose my sense of taste either, but it's the one that I would most willingly give up. I love, love, love the taste of food, but that is also a source of distress in my life. If I no longer had the sense of taste, food might not be as appealing to me, and I wouldn't eat quite so much, or quite so much junk food. I could then lose some weight, and feel like the person I want to be. I currently hate shopping for clothes b/c I don't like the way I look in them. It's depressing. And I am currently avoiding my Wii Fit b/c I'm not making any progress toward my goal, and it forces me to admit why. So, while it would suck that I couldn't enjoy food anymore (I would then look forward to the day when our food is given to us in little pills, and then I wouldn't have to worry about shoving food in my mouth that has no taste), I could begin to appreciate the other things in life that do make me happy, that don't cause me distress.
Hmmm...there are several things that I would want to save. Obviously, I would save my family, but the question is about an item that I would save. So with that said, I would save my box of photo and scrapbook albums. I can't replace those physical manifestations of my memories. If everything else burned, I could replace those. It's just a matter of money, which the insurance would pay for. And it could be an exciting experience - to buy new things to replace the old ones. I don't really have too many treasured items, just decorative items for my house.
Next week's What Ifs...
- What if you were selected to be in the Olympics - in which event would you compete?
- What if you were on the game show, Deal or no Deal - what would your strategy be?