Question of the day.

Hi guys. πŸ™‚

Here’s my another family related question for you. πŸ™‚

Do you have any heirlooms?

My answer:

We have a few old books, mostly religious, like prayer books or such, that once belonged to some of our relatives, as well as a cook book of my great grandma which is written in a deliciously archaic language and has not only recipes but also some interesting bits of knowledge, like how certain ingredients were used in the past or traditions related to particular dishes, a lot of kind of folklore info so definitely my thing. But other than that, we don’t really have very old heirlooms after people who are dead. We have a wooden closet made by my grandad, which my Mum wanted as a souvenir, because it’s our first house where we live away from her parents, and it’s always nice to have something to remind you of a loved one as you never know what will happen and when. He’s also made a decision a year or so ago that he wants my Mum to inherit his very imposing numismatic collection, and it’s now in our house and my Mum is expanding it very dynamically and passionately, in cooperation with him, even though she wasn’t particularly interested in collecting anything before and I guess it feels more like a tradition very worth cultivating for her than something she’s personally interested in.

How about you and your family? πŸ™‚

11 thoughts on “Question of the day.”

  1. I have a sari that was one of the saris of my maternal aunt that passed away. I have some necklaces of my maternal grandmother. I have some jewelry that was my paternal grandmother’s. I have a sari that was one of the saris of my second mom. We have some steel water drinking glasses that were my maternal grandmothers. Some letters that my mom received from her family when she moved to America in 1970 and after. I have a necklace that my paternal uncle gave me.

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  2. My brother’s basement is full of my parent’s stuff. I don’t know that there are any heirlooms per se though, although my mother’s china, crystal and silver are in the pile somewhere. It’s not really valuable stuff either. My parents were poor, and although my mother did get several things from her mother (who was a daughter of a Utah Pioneer), family drama and theft by a relative has diminished what she had drastically. The most valuable (to me?) are the books my parents left, no first editions or anything, but precious because of sentiment. And the few handwritten pages of my paternal grandfather’s journal when he was a young man. That is beyond price.

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    1. I think books, journals, letters and such are the best kind of keepsakes, at least when it comes to sentiment. That’s why I regret so much that although my Mum had a dozen or diaries from her teenage years, she burnt all of them, I would happily scan them for myself and read if I could.

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  3. I had to google “numismatic!” πŸ˜€ Cool new word! My dad has coins, too, hidden here and there. We have heirlooms all over the place. My paternal grandfather was a woodworker (as am I), and so was my paternal step-grandfather, who married Granny Smith after bio grandpa died. We have furniture they built all around the house. Then, with my maternal grandmother, I was very lucky to get some of her vintage furniture and artwork which no one else in the huge family was interested in. It was all headed for an estate auction, but when I made a claim, no one minded, and I got it all! There’re two totally awesome retro chairs, one with an accompanying ottoman. Then I got a painting I’d always loved from her living room wall. They might not have any resale value at all (although the white leather chair is pretty darned awesome–using painter’s tape and a small vial red leather paint, I painted the buttons red, and now it’s too cute for words).

    We’ve got a lot of Granny Smith’s stuff around the house too. Stuff she sewed, stuff she had, decor items, etc.; and I keep a small photo of her in a diamond-shaped frame that hangs on my closet’s doorknob. (My whole space up here is very eclectic.)

    Fun question!

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    1. Oh yes, it sure does sound eclectic and very interesting! πŸ™‚ I didn’t know numismatic was such a sophisticated word in English, I mean sophisticated enough that you as a writer and someone with good language skills would have to Google it. πŸ˜€ In Polish it sounds rather similar and I bet most people, even those with average vocabulary, at least know in theory what it means. It’s funny how various words are perceived so differently in different languages even though they mean the same and sound very similar.

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      1. πŸ˜€ So true!! Wordplay is fascinating! Honestly, no one here in America uses the word! They just call it coin collecting! Oh, but I do know the word for stamp collecting: philately. Woo hoo!! (My dad loves his stamps!!)

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  4. I have a ring that was my paternal grandma’s. My maternal grandma promised two golden bracelets to my sister and me. Turns out she’d promised them to a lot of her grandchildren and other family, so my sister has the one we were led to believe was hers and the other one went to another family member.


    1. Haha, the situation with your grandma’s bracelets reminds me of my Dad, who has been promising all of us separately (me and my siblings) that when he will die, we will inherit his dollars as a legacy, that he’s apparently saved, and saying it in such a tone as if he was a billionaire. It can’t be much that he has, so we are wondering which one will end up getting them in the end. πŸ˜€

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