There’s something really special about family heirlooms, regardless of the item. Steeped in history, having a piece of someone’s life passed down to you is not something to be taken lightly.
I was thinking about this today as I put on my mom’s pearl earrings she gave me a few years ago. Anyone just looking at me would just see another pair of pearl earrings, but I know their true value. Around 40 years old, they made it out of Vietnam over 3 decades ago when my mom and grandma left their home in the midst of the war with only 2 pounds of belongings each and came to America.
A staple in Ashley’s wardrobe is her garnet ring. Ashley’s mom bought the ring when she was 17-years-old as a gift to herself (the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree). She grew up and was living on the island of St. Croix down in the USVI. There she was working 3 jobs in the harbor town of Christiansted when she spotted the ring. Being a normal teenager, she didn’t have a ton of extra cash to buy herself anything elaborate. But she simply loved it and so had to have it. Ashley found the ring in her mom’s jewelry box when she was also about 17. Funny how things come full circle.
If you’re fortunate enough to have your grandparents or parents in your life, ask them why they always wear the necklace that went out of style 20 years ago, the printed scarf that never goes with anything, or why they still keep the watch that hasn’t worked for years. Sometimes the most amazing stories can be found in the smallest and most unsuspecting of items. All you have to do it listen. And if you’re lucky, someday you may be able to tell that story to your children and grandchildren as you pass down that item.