I am not sentimental about most possessions.
I routinely scour the house for items to donate to friends or Goodwill. While I do have stacks of photo albums, I limit the number of mementos I keep, from the girls’ art projects to travel souvenirs. I have even begun to release my hold on books – my favorite collectible of all – and whittle down my collection from time to time. There’s no family china hiding in the upper reaches of my kitchen cabinet or boxes of antique keepsakes in the attic.
However, I was pleased last fall when my parents delivered to our house a dresser that belonged to my maternal grandmother when she was a little girl. It was in pretty good shape, but my husband spent several weekends last month cleaning, sanding, and staining it. We brought it into the house on Saturday and put it in the girls’ playroom/schoolroom.
I love that this piece reminds us of my grandmother, who went to heaven just a few years ago. It will be a great guestroom piece in the future, but for now we’re using it for extra storage for some of the girls’ items. Both of our daughters have already asked for it to be theirs one day!
Do you own a piece of furniture that’s been handed down in your family?