I’ve been thinking a lot about family heirlooms lately. The teacup in the photo was passed on to me by my mother-in-law. Someday it will go to one of my daughters along with my teapot collection that was passed down to me by my mother. I had not realized how many heirlooms I have received that I will pass on when the time comes. There are so many memories in each item that has been passed down through my family, and the items do not only include tea sets.
Our family heirlooms consist of everything from musical instruments and sewing machines to jewelry and ancient coins. The most difficult part of heirlooms is that at some point they will have to be handed down to further generations. Deciding which children get which heirlooms will be the most difficult thing to decide. I suppose this would not be hard for someone who chose to have only one child, but we did not do that. I have two daughters and one son. We also have to think about spouses of the children as well. I want to make sure they all have something to pass down to their own children, just as my parents and grandparents did.
Maybe I am still too young to be thinking about these things, but anything can happen at any point in time. None of us are guaranteed tomorrow, no matter what our age. If the heirlooms are figured out before anything were to happen, even if that isn’t until I’m one hundred, I will sure feel better about it. I hadn’t thought too much on the subject, but my own mother has been making sure things are passed to those she wants them passed to now. She has decided she would rather everyone was able to enjoy the things she passed on to us while she is still here.
I think I may do the same. I would love to see the kids and grandbabies enjoy the family heirlooms long before I leave the earth if possible. I’m sure they would enjoy having them just as much whether I am gone or not. I have discussed a few things with the girls about some of the heirlooms that will be passed on, but not too many of them yet. I think I will sit down with pen and paper and figure out the best way to distribute them to the children. In the meantime, I think I will hold onto those items and family memories a while longer before passing them down.
-Carrie A. Watson