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6/1/15 12:22 P

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My House burned down about 15 years ago...that took care of the heirlooms.
Right now I figure that it is the "Stories" that need to be passed on....I am spending time on familysearch.org/

Putting in the stories that I know about each ancestor....talking to my Dad to get more stories...and it is on the www so that nieces and nephews and children yet to come can share the history of the family. Pictures can be added as well.. such as this picture of the church started by my Gr Grandfather


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6/1/15 7:07 A

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I have already decided no one of my kids will really want my Christmas village collection---I hope to find some place that will take it to display at the holidays for all to enjoy--but for now I will enjoy it while I can. Everyone's taste is different so no wonder they don't want our stuff. I figure after I am gone, they can do what they want with the stuff. But if we are smart, as find we are approaching the age when stuff is just stuff, we donate or sell it and enjoy the rest of our lives.

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5/31/15 1:44 P

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As an 'only child' I inherited everything! What a mess; as both my parents were collectors. I just know it is because they both grew up with 'nothing'. So, when and if they were fortunite to get anything from the past, they kept it!

When Mother was the last to pass, I did pass some valuable heirlooms down to the three. But, in the past, I had learndt that one of our kids, had gotten my parents oak dining room table. [That was before they had both died]. She had it in her kitchen. One x I went to visit and the table was gone! I panicked! Come to find out; she had sold it on EBay! I was both hurt and horrified. I was only glad my parents never knew! At that point, I decided if I ever gave the kids anything, first they had to promise me that they would keep it until I passed. Then, I told them they could do anything they wanted with it. I told all my kids; however, it was 'aimed' at the one kid. I figure if the article was going to be sold, it may as well be me doing the selling. Afterall, I could use the money as well as they!

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5/31/15 11:29 A

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I know that my in-laws plan to leave the family silver to our son - I can't imagine that he will keep it, even if it has been in the family for several generations. I have a set of my grandmother's china that I love but I wouldn't expect anyone else to love it (it's not all that attractive, it's just that it was hers and I have all the memories of having Christmas dinners in her dining room).

One thing I hope I can pass along is a little wooden jewellery box that my great-grandfather made for my mother - *if* I ever have a granddaughter I would like her to have it...not looking promising at the moment, though -- DS goes through phases were he swears he will not have children (he's 23)...I figure it will just take the right woman to change his mind, lol

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5/31/15 6:48 A

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So true---best to enjoy what you have and not expect them to want it when you are done with it. But I do hope one of my sons will take a few cherished things of my grandmother or at least get a decent price for it---but they are not large pieces. I have a partial silver collection of forks, etc that I think I will just take to a pawn shop and get some money for me---I don't use it anyhow and I think I am ready to let go---I love the other stuff I kept of my grandmother's and this really has not meaning for me either.

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Three of my kids told me to just throw everything away. My youngest son just found out his first son is on the way and was so thrilled when he found that I had saved so much stuff that he can have for the baby.

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LORIVIOLA's wall post reminded me of this article that grabbed my attention a while back -- the next generation is not so interested in inheriting "stuff" . The article really stuck with me, I keep looking at our stuff and realize that our son is not going to want to have to deal with it when we're gone. I'm not going to get rid of everything now but I've been kind of looking at things and thinking "I'll keep that another 10 years and then it can go". I'm trying to enjoy what I have but also wrapping my head around the idea that likely it's not going to be passed along like it used to be.

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