As you might remember my grandmother suddenly passed away just before Christmas, and since then my mother, my aunt and my sister (with some sporadic help from me in March and now in June) have been spending a lot of time sorting through her home and slowly emptying the apartment. Some people think that it has taken too long, but I believe that we all needed this time to come to terms with my grandmother no longer being with us, and to decide what to keep / not to keep.
I haven’t decided yet how to re-upholster this armchair and foot stool – a pattern of stripes? flowers? graphic? What do you suggest? They both match a small round [a so-called sewing] table and chair that I inherited from my father’s maternal grandmother as well as a low cupboard that my grandmother gave me more than 10 years ago. It was made by her brother for her wedding to my grandfather.
My sister and I, and to a lesser extent my brother, as well as my parents and my aunt, have decided to keep quite a lot of objects from her home. Of course as mementos of her life and also because we love the things she and my grandfather, who passed away in 1987, collected during their life time. The apartment has now been sold and will be handed over to the new owners in a few weeks. It is almost completely empty, and my parents’ house (my grandparents’ old home) full of furniture and stuff… O and I are hoping to soon have a place of our own so that we can bring the things we have chosen to keep to furnish and decorate our new home.
I feel very privileged that we have been able to keep so many things of my grandmother’s, and even though my aunt has been shaking her head at some of the things we wanted to save, I know that she appreciates that we didn’t have to get rid of them. Here are some of my favourite things…
My aunt and I were just discussing how the chiming of an old clock makes a home feel more homey – maybe because we both grew up with the clocks of my grandparents. I love the chime of this clock and even though it might be a bit too golden for me, I am sure that O and I will find a place for it in our home (my paternal grandparents had an old “Mora” / grandfather clock that my parents have, but unfortunately it doesn’t work anymore)
We have also kept lots of kitchen stuff, and O and I got my grandmother’s fine china, which is white with a golden rim and is almost a full set (i.e 12 of everything). Even though my parents are overwhelmed with everything that we are storing in their basement at the moment, I believe that O is right when he says that we’d better keep as much as possible instead of regretting afterwards that we got rid of some things too quickly.
What about you? Did you inherit a lot of things from your grandparents / parents? What would you have kept if you could?