I'm sad to say that my grandmother died in August. It was somewhat sudden but she had all of her family with her, and she had seen a lot of family members over the summer. She was 88 years old and lived a full and very happy life. I wish I was half as positive as she was.
I am very lucky to have wonderful memories of my grandmother. That's really all I need - I don't need her things all around me to remember her. It is nice that I received a few things that will always remind me of her, and my grandfather who died 8 years ago.
Here are a few examples -
1. Grandma's Needlework - My grandmother was a crafter in the truest sense. She did every type of needlework imaginable (and unimaginable to me), and was a knitter as well. I have a few framed pieces of hers in my house but one of my favorites is the sampler she did below which hangs at the bottom of the stairs in my kitchen where I see it every morning. She made it to commemorate the purchase of our home in 2002 just weeks after my grandfather died. It's classic and beautiful.
1) Take only stuff that you love and would consider buying if it were in a store;
2) If you are debating about a piece that you love because you cannot figure out where you would put it, take it because you won't have a second chance; and
3) Remember that fond memories and love are in your heart and mind, not in physical things.