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Sentimentallity

I am a pretty sentimental person.  I love birthdays and celebrating people on those days.  I love finding “that perfect” gift for someone at Christmastime to the point that it’s stressful — but I love it.  Bottomline, if there is any amount of sentiment in it, I’m there.

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On the flipside of that, I, personally, am not super materialistic.  I like pretty things and I could window shop all day long, but things don’t make me happy.  People and memories are infinitely more important to me than anything money could buy.

However, I do love sentimental items that have been passed down generationally.  There is something so special about looking at an old piece of furniture or a trinket that belonged to a loved one who has since passed.

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While I was pregnant, I frantically looked everywhere for a suitable dresser for Mason’s room.  I didn’t want to spend a fortune on cheaply made furniture, but I didn’t really have the time to refurb anything in rough shape, either.  My dad stepped in and offered to refurbish my great-grandmother’s old dresser and I accepted.  It meant so much to me that he would offer to do that (not that it’s out of character — he has made things for all of us since forever) and I loved the idea of having a family piece in our home.

He recently finished and I absolutely love it.  I love the dresser itself, but even more so I love the time that he took to make sure it was perfect.  I love that he wanted to hand down something that meant so much to him from a person who he grew up admiring.

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Mason’s nursery is full of special items that my dad either built, refurbished, or touched up.  Those heirlooms are why I love that room in particular so much.  It’s more than just material objects; it’s the love that came out from them.  I hope one day I will be able to pass on those items to my boys.  I hope that they will appreciate the thought and meaning of those pieces and that they will cherish them as much as I do.

Is there anything that has been passed on to you that you love?  What’s the story?  I’d love to hear about your treasures!

6 thoughts on “Sentimentallity”

  1. My son’s dresser also came from within the family. It isn’t as old as yours, but it comes from his aunt. When we were young, most of our wood furniture was built to be super sturdy. That dresser is no exception! It’s simple, functional, and sturdy enough for my son to stomp around on. It’ll be nice if any grandkids I’m blessed to have yet to use it, too.

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  2. Beautiful dresser! And so sweet of your dad to refurbish it! My grandma recently passed away and she gave me her favorite pair of earrings to give to my daughter. She specifically said it was for my daughter and not for me! Lol made me laugh and though it’s for my daughter, I still treasure it very much! Thanks for the great read!

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  3. I love that dresser! My son has a lot of toys that were either mine or my husbands as children. It’s so fun to pass things down to the next generation!

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