Thursday, January 15, 2009

The Heiress

You might expect this post to be about famous Heiress' like Paris Hilton and how hard it is to be an heiress. I can't think of a much worse thing to be, poor Paris.

This is the story of my inheritance and how it has affected my life.

When my husband's father passed, Drew was given his class ring. It's a very nice gold one with a sparkly red jewel in the center. I would show you a photo of it but it is safely laid away in our safe deposit box at our bank.

After speaking with Drew's mother several times about finding a memento for myself we finally happened upon the treasure that won my heart. A tasteful brown parcel arrived within the week. The contents: one well worn pair of cashmere socks.


They were spectacular. My favorite winter colors of black, charcoal gray, and cranberry red. Did I mention they were of the softest and warmest cashmere known to man?
Here is my favorite photo of the socks.


Let me point out the finer points for you. The cranberry red is hand embroidered in an argyle pattern. The cashmere has grown exceptionally soft from frequent washings. Here you can see the wear patterns made by my father in law. Notice his feet were bigger than mine so my heel hits farther down. This is great because it means they will last longer. I wear them constantly. They are warm and soft and awesome to wear.

I know some family heirlooms can be somewhat burdensome. The silver tea set that has to be polished, the out of fashion jewelry that must be insured, the class ring that resides at the bank.

Mine will never be a burden to me or others. I have used,and will continue to use them to my sincere and utter delight.

I probably will not pass them on to my daughter but I will make sure she gets something useful, delightful, and much wanted from me when the time comes.

25 comments:

BEE said...

FIRST!!!

Bee said...

When I read this, I laughed, I cried I laughed again, cried some more.

At first I thought "WTF?" but then you warmed me over, kinda like those socks

Jean Knee said...

I was worried people wouldn't get it

Rhonda said...

Isn't is nice to get something that is not only meaningful, but useful?

My great grandmom passed down several blankets she crocheted and I love those things!

Carrot Jello said...

Some of the best writing ever.

Carrot Jello said...

It pulled at my heartstrings.
It might have broken one.
Now I might have a broken heart.
Thanks.
Thanks a lot.

Brian o vretanos said...

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Melissa said...

I love it! My grandma asked me a few years ago what I would like to inherit... you've just given me a great idea ;)

No Cool Story said...

AT first I was like huh.
Then I went like Awww.
Then I *sniff*
Then I :D

No Cool Story said...

This blog has it all Jean Knee.

Dan said...

uuuhhhhh, I didn't get it.....

ReformingGeek said...

Uh oh. It's not to be taken verbatim? I'm clueless. I plead brain fog.

aubrey said...

i love socks.

Heiress Sock Society said...

We approve of you and this post!

Tracys Ramblings said...

Oh Jean Knee! They are so perfectly....you!
I was going to say something witty and funny but then I felt that would be inappropriate so I will share a story with you about my brothers inheritence when my Grandfather passed away..hang on.

Tracys Ramblings said...

A year after my Grandfather passed, my Grandmother decided to sell the house that they had lived in for 46 of their 57 year marriage.
This meant going through everything. And my Grandmother was a bit of a horder.
When it came time to go through his closet and dresser drawers, my Grandma called in my brother, my cousin Paul, and my Uncle. She then started pulling things out of the closet and drawers in a kind of auction like way.
Paul left with seven sweater vests, six pair of socks, and a hunting cap.
My Uncle left with 12 button up plaid shirts, 6 pair of socks, and a hunting jacket.
My brother, the lucky one, walked out of there with three everyday hats and 20 pair of underwear.
Grandma told him that, while they may have been used, they were still in good shape and there was no need to throw them out.
Lucky Dog.

Tracys Ramblings said...

I've always been one to ask for things that will be useful. I don't know when I will ever use a silver tea set but those socks or a good worn in sweater, that would be a treasure!
Enjoy them Jean Knee!

Holey Sock Alliance said...

You are on your way!

Bacon said...

What, no posts about me?

Bee said...

I LOVE YOU BACON!!!

Jean Knee said...

BACON commented on my craft blog awwwww

HenrĂ­ said...

I shall never have socks like that.
:(
I feel sockless.

Hot Pocket Fashionista said...

Dibs on the crocodile head when you croak off!!!

Hot Pocket Fashionista said...

Me leave you fossilized Hot Pocket when I die. I make keychain and matching anklet combo for you to always remember me by.

Tracys Ramblings said...

Oooh, if we're calling dibs on things, I want Lizzy Borden and Bee's terrarrium.
DIBS!!