Originally Posted May 2013
With Mother’s Day fast approaching, I have recently been thinking about the importance of heirlooms. Aside, from my dad’s favorite Arizona Diamondback shirt I wear to their Home Opener every year, I do not have anything tangible that represents either of my parents or grandparents for that matter. I am very low maintenance and do not own anything that would break my heart if I lost it, except for my wedding ring. Since I am starting from scratch, I have been brainstorming ideas. Here are a few ideas you may decide to add to your own legacy.
*My most valued book is my Bible. I’ve decided to rotate through a couple of different ones, reading each one with a certain child in my mind. I want to be able to make notes, thoughts, and prayers knowing (praying) that one day that child will be reading from my Bible.
*I also plan on leaving notes in cookbooks, several different books of poems, and other books I deem to be a great read.
*I started a binder for my daughter a couple of years ago that contains print outs of recipes she and I have made together, including our Thanksgiving feast. I write little notes marking special memories or how the dish turned out. I plan on doing this for my other daughter as well.
*For my son, I plan to start a collection of recipes of his favorite meals. It seems that we all have ideas of how food is supposed to be cooked and taste. Even the simplest of meals is made different from family to family. I would then give the collection to his future bride as a bridal shower gift. A passing of the torch, if you will.
3.) Love Notes:
*Every time I make my kids a school lunch I send a little note along inside. I often find these notes at the bottom of their backpacks or in their pant pockets. It makes me smile to know they cared enough not to throw them away. I started to stash them away in an envelope and will eventually do something with them.
*I always say I want to write down the story of their birth. I have told them each their own stories several times and they are always so fascinated by it. I would love for them to have it in my own handwriting.
*A scrapbook or journal chronicling their life, with little remarks is on my to do list as well.
Some of these things may be obvious or second nature to you, but I need to strain my brain to be conscious of the significant impact something so simple as saving a handwritten note can make in my children’s future. This Mother’s Day I challenge you to remember the legacy you wish to leave behind.
What heirlooms have been handed down to you?
What do you intend to hand down to your children?