But then, I realized there was a huge problem. Um, I don’t have any family heirlooms. Oops! That’s gonna be a little awkward, huh?
I’m lucky enough that I have only lost one grandparent. My father’s father and both of my mother’s parents are still with us. They all have many items special to our family, but I have a hard time thinking that I would love to have this or that when they are gone…because it would mean they are gone.
I was sadly getting ready to email Marie and tell her “no can do,” when I suddenly remembered that we did have something very special. When my husband and I got married, his grandmother gave us her monogrammed sterling silver place settings.
Tom’s paternal grandmother passed the family sterling silver down to us. As a traditional gal who loves monograms, I was overjoyed. We have knives, two types of forks, spoons, and a few serving pieces. It’s a little worn and doesn’t polish to a brand new shine, but I love to think of the meals shared over these pieces. I also love the little scroll work on the tips.
I really appreciate Marie hosting this party, as I would have forgotten about the silver altogether. We only use our china and sterling on very special occasions, a truth that I’d love to change except that it would mean having to hand wash my dishes, and we know I don’t do that…ever. Maybe I can start making a once a week exception. Eeeh, I’m kind of lazy though.
Do you have any heirloom pieces that hold a special place in your family’s heart? Do tell!