for the things we keep — and pass along

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I really like that oft-repeated quote by William Morris, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” So deceptively simple and succinct but so difficult to implement when one lives with others, for one person’s idea of “useful” or “beautiful” can be quite contrary to another’s definition. And those of us with sentimental natures tend to hold onto a few things which may not fit into either category but serve as talismans for people, places, or times one may never be able to revisit except through memory and emotion.

Even though my home is typically cluttered with others’ things and feels not truly representative of me, I’m thankful for the pieces dotting the house that were handed down or that I’ve collected — mostly old things that are still functional or able to be re-purposed and enjoyed frequently. I hope they give our kids a feeling of family history and that some of the things they see become talismans of their own one day.

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