8/19/08

Lost Treasures

I have on my bookcase two matching ruby red glass vases that belonged to my grandmother Grace.

I have a cast iron skillet in my kitchen and a delicate porcelain bird in my china cabinet that were my grandmother Charlotte's.

In my attic is a box of ancient plates, cups, and saucers, with faded flowers and chips here and there, that belonged to my great-grandmother Phoebe.

I have other family things as well. Somewhere I have a pair of army green boxer shorts that belonged to my grandfather when he was in the Army in World War II. (No, I can't quite remember why I have those!) There is a china platter and a pin from grandma, and last year my mom gave me the ring that my father gave her for Christmas the year she was pregnant with me.

If I thought for a while, I could think of a whole list of family treasures. Family treasure is precious because, while it may not have any value other than the ability to bring memories of your childhood, or your grandparents, or to serve as physical proof of a connection to ancestors you never even knew, that value is held dear. It forms identity and establishes heritage.

Please go read my new post at Deep South Moms where I tell about my mom, normally a sentimental woman, going and messin' with my heritage!

8 comments:

Vodka Mom said...

after my mother died, i held onto everything she owned, thinking they were treasures. Until I realized that she probably thought some of her own stuff was junk too!!i ended up throwing the junk out...

Jill said...

I have things in almost every room of my house that belonged to one of my grandparents or other treasured relative. I feel like they help keep me grounded.

Christine said...

I wish that I had a ton of stuff, but my grandmother on my mother's side died when she was really young and she had the classic mean stepmother. I do have a few things from my paternal grandmother, but not much...

MamaGeek said...

I don't have hardly anything from my grandparents, but the VERY few items I do have I totally treasure too.

sam {temptingmama} said...

I wish more than anything I had more stuff of my grandfathers. I really love old family heirlooms.

Colleen said...

I just realized I'm wearing my one and only family keepsake today - a cross pendant my grandma received as a first communion gift, way back in '48 (or so). I wore it for good luck! Have had a series of BAAAAD days here at work! Will have to go and read your article!

Audubon Ron said...

When I became an orphan, I got noth'in.

Melizzard said...

These are the sorts of things I worry about on hurricane days like today.... Not the new 52 inch flat screen TV, Circuit City has tons more of those.


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