That last prompt, to me, is the most important of all.
Often we believe we’re doing the right thing by keeping family heirlooms. We know approximately where they are in the home, only to discover they were not protected and have been ruined in the hoard.
Saving the objects that represent our family’s history is noble. Cherishing them so they may be passed on to future generations is a celebration of our ancestral narrative. If we are to cherish them and hand them down we must know what they represent to our family.
The hardest thing to decide is what will stand the test of time and continue our family history. Very few things can do that.
I’ve realised you need very few things to tell a story. Keeping is easy. Understanding our family narrative takes work.