My son has been fascinated with family heirlooms. We were recently looking through an old family photo album. At the back of the album was the letter my mom left to my family when she passed away. I hadn’t shown this to my son before and when he saw it he said, “What’s this?”
I told him what it was as he silently read through it. After reading it, he was quiet and reflective. Then, I shared some more memories of his grandma with him and we discussed how our loved ones will sometimes leave behind precious gifts for us to keep in the family.
I decided this was a good time to show him the locket my mom had passed down to me.
Inside the locket are two pictures, a picture of my grandma and a picture of my great-grandma. When I was around my son’s age, my mom explained it was to be passed down to me and then to each girl who came along. Since my husband and I never had a girl, I told him that he would most likely be the keeper of the locket until a girl showed up in our family.
Since this talk, my son has been discussing other things that he might, one day, be able to pass down to his kids. So far, he has two items in mind:
A feather he received from one of my dad’s Macaws.
I love that my son has shown an interest in passing along gifts to the next generation. But, I also hope I am teaching him that there is one gift even more valuable than left behind letters and lockets. It’s the gift I cherish the most in my life. It’s the gift I want him to grab hold of and praise-fully pass down to his children and to his children’s children.
I will exalt you, my God the King;
I will praise your name for ever and ever.
Every day I will praise you
and extol your name for ever and ever.
Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
his greatness no one can fathom.
One generation commends your works to another;
they tell of your mighty acts. Psalm 145: 1-4
In addition to your faith, what other special heirlooms are you passing down to your children?
Linking up with Shari today for Legacy Leaver Thursday.