Passing Down Family Heirlooms

As I've been going through my closets and memory boxes, it occurred to me that if something were to happen to me, I don't know if anyone in my family would know the stories behind the family heirlooms I've kept. I have items given to me by other family members and special things I've saved from my own life as well. To make sure that my stories get passed down to future generations with the family heirlooms, I got a great idea that I thought I'd share in case anyone else wanted to do this too.

I'm taking a photograph of each individual item and writing down all the information that I have that goes with each item. For example, I have a pouch of my dad's tobacco and one of his pipes. My own children never knew my dad, so they don't know the story of how he quit smoking cigarettes and took up a tobacco pipe instead. He was really an inspiration to me in many ways and the pouch of tobacco smells like my dad. Whenever I'm missing my dad, a whiff of his tobacco makes me feel close to him. I'm going to store the photograph and the story for each item with the item, so that if I'm not around someday to share my heirlooms, someone else will be able to go through my things and know what items were meaningful to me.

One of my favorite personal items is a sheepskin bomber jacket. There is no fancy story behind it, but it's been my favorite jacket for years and years. I have memories that I associate with it, so it's hard to let it go. I have a few other clothing items I've kept over the years that are reminders of special occasions, like my graduation cap and my wedding dress. I also still have my childhood teddy bear. I think it's very important to make sure the stories get passed down with the family heirlooms. What's your favorite family heirloom?


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