Read an article recently about how recent generations are turning the family heirloom passage tradition up on its head. They don’t want their parent stuff. As a push for minimalism sweeps the nation, many kids are passing on their parent’s fine china, or the cupboard of antiques that grandma has been holding onto for them. I remember the estate sale I went to a few months ago and the mass quantities of stuff that was being sold. Clearly the family they left behind had no interest in it.
Makes me sad a bit, but I completely understand. There are maybe 5 things I’d love to have from my parent’s home. Remember that time I helped my mom clean out her storage closet? There’s not much there that holds a ton of meaning for me. I’m not a saver of junk either. But even if I was, I think my kids would feel the same way as I do. I can’t imagine there is anything beyond a few basic, useful-if-they-don’t-have-it-already items they would want. I could be wrong, but my kids are like me: not the collector type.
What do you think? Would you want the passed down china or the antique coffee table? Do you think your kids will want what you’re holding onto for them? What are you holding onto for them?