January 12

Questions To Ask About Heirlooms

Posted by lori . 9 Comments


This year on Thursdays, I’m writing posts about things I wish I’d taken care of, ”if I died today.”  This month, I’m documenting the heirlooms in my home.  By “heirloom,” I mean anything that has meaning to me or may have meaning to my daughter, and that I want to pass on to her.

The first step is to go around the house and take pictures of all the things that you want to document.  Next, write down “why” they mean something to you.

Here are some questions to ask about your special things:

1.  What is this?

2.  How was it used?

3.  Who did it belong to?

4.  Who made or purchased it?

5.  Who gave it to them?

6.  Where did it come from?

7.  How old is it?

8.  How long has it been in our family?

9.  What is it made of?

10.  Are there any special stories or memories associated with this object?

11.  Why do you like and/or want to keep this item?

Can you think of any other questions that would be helpful?

Daily Inspiration


Start where you are.  Use what you have.  Do what you can.

Arthur Ashe

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9 Responses to " Questions To Ask About Heirlooms"

  • houndstooth says:

    I wish my dad would do this! Every few months, he has us come over and he’ll tell us all about tons of things that he thinks are important, but if it were just written down, I’d enjoy it so much more. I think it’s great that you’re documenting your treasures!

  • Bassetmomma says:

    This documenting heirlooms is such a great idea. I am fortunate to know most of the stories from things that were my parents or granparents. But my worry is, will my daughter and son remember what I tell them!

  • Penelope says:

    What a great idea!
    Nellie’s Mom

  • mayziegal says:

    THAT is a super great idea! Mom got a couple of my Grampa J’s things that she knows meant something to him but she doesn’t really know the WHOLE story behind ’em. And oh, how she wishes she had asked!

    Wiggles & Wags,

  • I can’t think of any more questions. For me, the most important would probably be the personal memories attached to the object. I have some of my parents’ and nanny’s stuff (they’ve all passed on). I only know SOME of their stories so it’s frustrating.

    Your daughter will be very pleased one day. Will you be posting about your memories of these objects in the pics?

    • lori says:

      I will post some of the stories. Probably a few at the end of the month and then some sprinkled throughout the year, because this project is not going to be done this month, that’s for sure.

  • Now I am curious what the camel et al. means?

    • lori says:

      Hi Addie…I will post some of the stories behind the objects. I picked up the camel during the Persian Gulf War while I was on R&R in Bahrain. It’s carved of sandalwood. You can’t see it in the picture, but there’s another carved camel inside the big camel’s hump.

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