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You’re embarking on a year-long round-the-world adventure, and can take only one small object with you to remind you of home. What do you bring along for the trip?

What an adventure! I have a real problem traveling light and always want to be prepared for anything. Then I end up using only half of whatever I’ve taken with me. A round-the-world trip would probably require a variety of clothing for different temperatures. You haven’t said where we’re going on this imaginary trip, but I hope it’s at quite a slow pace so that I, as a traveler, could get a feel for the different places I visit. In fact I’d prefer a trip which included only 4-6 main stops so I would have a change to get to know some areas fairly well, branching out around a central point, then after a few months, moving on to learn in-depth about another part of the world.

Since I have so many photos I love, I would have a hard time choosing. I must be one of the few women I know who carries no photos in her wallet to share at the mere mention of grandchildren. I love taking photos, and enjoy putting them together in books so they are organized either chronologically, or around a theme. I have a two little mementos I especially like: one is a smooth old chestnut my grandmother used to carry with her when she traveled — for good luck. I also have a very small St. Anthony plaque that my daughter brought me back from her time in Padua, and for some reason I really like that. I have it sitting on a shelf above the sink so I see it frequently throughout the day.

I’m not a terribly sentimental person; I don’t have a lot of “things” that are special to me. I’m more utilitarian, and kind of a minimalist when it comes to decorating, dressing, etc. When I’m traveling, that’s where my attention is — on the place I’m in, and I don’t miss those I’ve left at home — as long as I know they’re all fine. I would, of course, worry or want to return if something happened.

So, I’d keep it simple. I’d take the little St. Anthony because it is familiar and loved. It might come in handy if I lose something, too. For non-saint-followers, St. Anthony is the patron saint of lost things.