I've mentioned before about not having very many family heirlooms.
We are watching older seasons of Downton Abbey and in one episode in Season 2, Lady Mary and Sir Richard Carlisle are looking at an estate near Downton, and she asks him, "How will we furnish it?" Sir Richard says, "We'll buy whatever we want." Lady Mary says to him, "Your lot buys furniture, our lot inherit it."
Wouldn't it be wonderful to inherit beautiful furniture, silver, dishes and the like?
Since most of us never will, I decided to buy some silver things that I like, and use for teas, that I can leave to my children. It will be not an expensive inheritance but one of beauty and of good memories of using these lovely things.
Sarah got a gift certificate, to one of our favorite vintage stores, for Christmas. We went shopping there last week, and I pointed out a beautiful tea/coffee pot in silver plate. I told her that she could start collecting beautiful heirloom items as well.
She loved it and when I offered to cover the extra above her gift certificate, she snapped it up. She put it in the living room on the bookcase where we can all enjoy looking at it.
It needs a bit of cleaning, but aren't the details lovely?
I'm happy she chose this over something consumable. (she's a huge writer and artist and goes through notebooks and sketch pads like water)
This is a usable heirloom that she can pass down in her own family one day.
The line from John Keats is true: A thing of beauty is a joy forever.