Are there family treasures you own that have history attached to their value? You know what I mean—that bookcase that used to belong to your father when he was a boy or the china teapot your husband carried all the way home for you from Hong Kong.
My mom and dad reside in Heaven, but they left behind family treasures with little notes of history attached to the underside of each. What an inheritance!
Some years ago I gathered boxes of such items and included the history notes from my mom and dad. Each box was then sealed and marked with the name of one of my sons as a wedding gift from Grandma Peggy and Grandpa Andy.
Leaving index cards with the history of an item taped to its underside or placed within a teapot or silver box makes sense. Here are suggestions for leaving the stories of your life with the items you treasure.
- What was the date that the item was purchased or received?
- Can you describe the history that makes the item important? For example: a wedding gift from ____________ or a quilt made from my mother’s old dresses.
- Who did the item belong to and why?
- Where was the item purchased and how much did it cost?
- Is there an inspirational, funny, or sentimental story connected to the item? If so, tell about it.
- Old books and Bibles all have a story. Be sure to include a Family Treasure index card inside the front cover.
It seems like such an undertaking to write notes for all of your special items, but it can be part of your spiritual legacy. Just do a few each week.
Building a legacy with you, Susan
“Jesus likes it when we share.” -Adelaide, age 3: Pass this along to everybody and their brother. OK, maybe not everybody’s brother, but all of your friends would be nice.