Saturday morning, 7:00 am – S shouting from the loo, “Sim earthquake!! Take N and go under the table”.
A perplexed, still-not-fully-awake-me got off the bed to
run walk, grab N and go under the dining table. N was excited to do the turtle-goes-into-the-shell-when-an-earthquake-happens routine he had learnt at school. The NZ mantra is Drop, Cover and Hold. So if you are indoors when an earthquake happens, drop down to the floor (preferably under a strong surface such as a dining table), cover your head with your hands while holding on to one of the table’s legs. Stay there until the tremors pass. N and I stayed there for about 20 seconds. It was a mild earthquake.
This early morning incident prompted us to discuss serious stuff like life and death. And we eventually got to the point of discussing finances.
Do you know what finances you would need to take care of if your spouse dies?
Well most of us have some or the other vague idea. I did too. Some people are smarter and keep things sorted and written clearly. S being the emotional yet practical person he is, quickly made an excel and both of us listed all the finance related things we could think of. So all the PFs, bank accounts, policies, investment details, nominations etc were listed and discussed at a high level so we both knew what needs to be looked into.
This series also led us to discuss what we would like to do with our bodies if an unexpected/sudden death happens. Both S and I want to donate as much of our bodies as possible. So that was sorted out too.
Have you ever thought about what you would like to do if such a situation arises? Are your spouse/partner and family aware of your choice?
We sometimes think, things happen to other people, not to us! We are just fine till things actually happen and catch us unaware. I am not saying plan life to the T or worry about it, but being a little practical doesn’t harm 🙂 After all you never know what could happen tomorrow!
This post is part of Day 9 of the Marathon Blogging December 2012.