When “heirlooms” aren’t identified, and their stories never told, then they often become items that are tossed or sold – as they have no history, no ties to the family. So take the time to identify your family heirlooms history and memories so your treasures aren’t tossed in the trash. They are just as valuable as your family photographs and also need to be documented. Sometimes it’s not even the value of the item in question; it’s the story which holds the value.
Friday Night Family Heirlooms… telling their stories: My Easter Basket
I’ve had this little basket sitting in my house for – forever. It’s one of my own, that I’ll be passing down as an heirloom to my children and granddaughters. Mama tells me an older woman gave it to me one year – how it has survived all these years, I just don’t know. I’ve always thought it as just cute and guess I kept it away from my kids little fingers as they grew up.
Easter was never a big holiday in my family growing up – as it is today. I really have no memories of Easter, hunting or coloring eggs or hearing about the Easter Bunny. My mother often tells me, “I guess you grew up in a cave.”
In finding these photos of me dressed for Easter…. looks like we did celebrate Easter and I bet my mother made that dress! It’s the only photo I could find of me dressed – mama reminds me that she never had a camera and if hadn’t been for Tom Bradberry, who lived near my grandparents, we wouldn’t have most of the early photos we have.
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© 2016 Jeanne Bryan Insalaco