Other than the baby clothes I’ve used for decor in the nursery, I don’t have many family heirlooms. Tom’s grandmother gave us her set of monogrammed silverware when we were married, but that’s about all we had. I love the idea of family heirlooms, but I don’t like the idea of the loss a family usually must suffer in order to pass down such items.
Last month, we got a call that Tom’s grandmother’s health was quickly declining. Just a few days later, Tom was getting ready to fly out to her funeral in North Carolina. Sadly, this all happened about two weeks after his other grandmother’s funeral. When it rains, it pours around here.
Grandmother Kuhlman was one of those wonderfully Southern ladies that you fall in love with upon meeting. I didn’t get the chance to spend much time with her since we lived so far apart, but we exchanged letters and cards every now and then. I will never forget when she first saw pictures of Zack’s room – she wrote me a 4-page letter wondering why I didn’t have my own TV show. I got a good giggle out of that, as it was nice to have such a big fan.
Tom returned from Grandma K’s funeral with a heavy heart and a heavy gift for me – her monogrammed sterling tea set. I started crying as soon as I saw it. I am so thankful that we will have this gorgeous set (that I need to polish, I know) to remember her by.
I’m not sure where I’m going to store the tea set, but for now I’m using it as my center piece on the dining room table. It brings a smile to my face every day, even if the method by which I acquired it breaks my heart.
I hope we don’t have any more heirlooms passed down to us for a long, long time.