I’ve told Chad, Nicole and Addie that when I’m gone, they are welcome to keep anything I’ve left that they want. The things they don’t want – sell it, give it away, burn it. I don’t care. I’m gone. I’ve made sure that the things that are dear to me . . letters my uncle sent home from the war that arrived after he died, letters my grandma and dad wrote to him that were returned because of his death, a book my uncle wrote, a picture of my grandparents . . it isn’t going to matter to me when I’m gone what happens to those things but I want Chad to know what they are and what they meant to me, and then he can decide whether he wants them or not. Chad isn’t one to keep every little smidgen of “stuff” like I do.
I’ve told Addie that all my cross stitching – the finished pieces, the charts, the fabric – if she wants it, she can have it but if not, don’t feel bad about not wanting it. My fun was in planning the projects and stitching it. She thinks maybe she’ll take the floss and make friendship bracelets! 🙂
It would be nice if they wanted some of the things but I would never want them to feel like anything I left behind was a burden to them. Honestly, I think the world is going to be a different place by the time I’m gone, assuming I live to be in my late 70’s or early 80’s.
I saw this at Goodwill yesterday. I had several Precious Moments cross stitch books back when I was cross stitching. I still have at least one. I need to see if this is in there. Someone stitched this and did an amazing job. Look at all the outline stitching! It’s really perfectly stitched.
When I looked at the back to see the price and saw this, I about cried:
Someone stitched this for their mom in 1983 and now . . it was sitting at Goodwill. Of course, it came home with me.
Seeing this made me want to call Chad and say “Keep every single thing I have . . forever!” but no, that’s not how things work. Vince and I talked on the way home about it. He said “You know Chad is not very sentimental and he isn’t going to want most of what you’re working on these days.” I told him I’m not working on it so Chad will have it. I’m working on it to keep me from doing worse things!” That conversation became hysterical which I needed after finding that poor, abandoned cross stitch piece at Goodwill.