Heirlooms

by Ruminate Magazine July 11, 2012

[H]eirlooms, the most recent Ruminate, is sincerely my favorite issue. From the notes from the readers to Lili Wright’s “Shopping for Virgins” in which I am certain the term heirloom fits both her mother’s breast cancer and her ever-present fear, I am in love. My grandfather recently joined ancestry.com. Most of this blog’s readers just read those words very leisurely I am certain. If you knew my grandfather, you’d either giggle or you’d gasp. John is what I call my grandfather. He and my grandmother, Sally, chose their first names to be their “grandparent” names. They are very chic and sophisticated. John with his chivas and water and my grandmother with her white wine in the summer and red in the winter. As the eldest grandchild, I had the distinct privilege of first calling my grandparents’ names. John, fortunately, was a word easily formed by my tongue and mouth, but Sally quickly changed to Sassy. Not quite the sophisticated grandma name she was going for, I suspect. Anywho, John has always had a liking/obsession with all things heirloom. He is an antique collector, and he knows wood and furniture well. He loves ancestry, and he loves all stories regarding histories of hotels, cities, universities, and families. But the guy is not exactly computer savvy. Well, the guy was not exactly computer savvy. But it is indeed peculiar how a distinct love for something helps you to overcome all sorts of obstacles. John can work ancestry.com. He has completed research, he has changed stories of his family which were told incorrectly, and he has completed much of his family tree and origins based on historical documents that he found. He has printed a family history book for me as well, and it is quite impressive. He also has found the explanation for how the e was added to the last name, Green, in order to create the last name “Greene,” which is his last name. What heirlooms are in your life/home/storage unit/family history? Read the latest issue of Ruminate. You will not be disappointed. And you will find that every family has story heirlooms, which perhaps are the most beloved heirlooms of all. by Whitney Hale


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