Letters, Lockets, & Legacies

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.

A machete I gave to him after one of my mission trips to the Dominican Republic.

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.

6 thoughts on “Letters, Lockets, & Legacies

  1. bill (cycleguy)

    My faith is really all I have to pass along. I have two girls. They are not interested in my “stuff.” My parents divorced so nothing of sentimental value was saved. Mom died in 2004 and left nothing behind to be passed on. So…my faith is the best thing I have. since both girls are adults (37 & 33) I can only pray for fruit.

  2. Jenifer

    Eileen, I love your son’s passion for the heirlooms and that locket is beautiful!!

    I want to pass down faith of course, and I love Bill’s answer of fruit. I also want to pass down servant-hood to my children.

  3. Jessica

    I love your locket! In addition to my faith, I have special Christmas ornaments that I began buying when each of my kids was born. They enjoy putting their ornaments on our tree each year. When they get married and have a Christmas tree of their own, I plan to give them their ornaments as a neat way to remember the Christmas’s of their childhoods.

  4. Jenn LeBow

    Oooh, heirlooms! Fun topic. Besides an environment that encouraged faith, my most precious things handed down to me are my grandfather’s rocking chair, books from several grandparents, and family pictures. But my husband wears my grandfather’s wedding ring; I’d love to see one of our grandchildren wear it one day, too. Although technically I guess I wouldn’t be around to see that.

  5. Shari @ Leaving A Legacy

    Eileen, this was such a special post. I loved the picture of the locket that your Mom passed down to you. Those type of heirlooms are priceless. Your son is learning so much from you. And you are right the most important gift to pass down is love for our Savior. Thank you for linking up dear friend.



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