Legacy

@allknowing (54673)
India
September 28, 2012 9:32pm CST
It stopped with my mother’s generation that is passing on a legacy. In today’s world nothing of what most elders own is of any value to their children as most are financially independent and they have left the shores seeking greener pastures. There are properties here languishing with none to care. The trees are dying and the houses are collecting dust. Sentiments are attached to these belongings but today’s generation has no interest. Even if it was just a tea set we all would want to own it not so much for its value but it had a story to tell. Are you too sailing in the same boat? Are there no takers for what you would leave behind?
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@marguicha (76362)
• Chile
29 Sep 12
It`s a pity that the work and toil of a generation will be lost because noone is there to take interest in that. This last year, thinking of several things I did not care about before I got ill, I realissed that a lot of the things I love will be of no use to my daughters. They are not interested in my books, pictures, furniture, you name it. They moved on.
@allknowing (54673)
• India
29 Sep 12
It is time that one faces reality marguicha and the reality is that compared to olden days the younger generation has enough money to equip their homes with all modern things which results in their having no interest in that which would be left behind by their parents. The best would be to get rid of stuff even when one is alive by perhaps having a garage sale and only keep those things one needs for one's survival.
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@Canellita (12059)
• United States
29 Sep 12
This is a difficult thing; not everyone holds value for what could be passed down, including some elders. Where I live, we are under constant threat of hurricanes, and every now and then, even serious flooding. I had asked an elder to let me digitize some family photos so they could be preserved and then shared with everyone. She said no, and then her house was flooded after Katrina and now the photos are lost. Things like a tea set are nice to have and are special to us, but photos connect us to our past and other family members the way nothing else can. I will always be sorry I didn't insist on getting those photos.
@allknowing (54673)
• India
29 Sep 12
Here in India most have properties atleast the rich and the middle class and with youngsters leaving their shores whatever the elders have there are no takers in many cases. I am sad that your friend refused to let you digitize the photos. I am doing it as I have loads of albums. I put them on FB. I can imagine the anxiety you guys out there must be going through because of the flood and other threats. We did read about it here at the time Katrina devastated your area.
@Canellita (12059)
• United States
3 Oct 12
Now that Katrina is seven years in the past, I think the anxiety has decreased for many, if not most, people here. Of course, the recent experience with hurricane Isaac reminded us what a nuisance living with storms can be, but in my city the only issue was the loss of electricity. My home was without for 2.5 days, while others were out for an entire week! I know people who do not appreciate objects passed on simply because they are "old." I find it unfortunate that they can not see the value in those things both in sentiment and in monetary value.
@allknowing (54673)
• India
3 Oct 12
It is the change in the outlook towards life that has boiled down to a world devoid of emotion!
@vandana7 (55375)
• India
29 Sep 12
Allknowing..it is the opposite here..I am sure with OLX..my coin collection - which is worth little more than 2000 bucks actual value, would be sold by my folks for well over 2 lakhs..lol Dad inherited a clothes stand. I still have it. He sold an old valve Ecko radio and boy was I mad. lol. That thing helped me put my fears away when I was seven. Lata Mangeshkar got the honor of putting me to sleep using that radio. And dad sold it..lol
@allknowing (54673)
• India
29 Sep 12
So the legacy is being left for elders here!. You are special vandana!
@vandana7 (55375)
• India
29 Sep 12
Honestly..my case is very confusing..I mean if I buy me properties, I get beaten up and relatives can step in for preventing me selling those. If I keep liquid..they will still step in but collect the booty and leave. lol
@allknowing (54673)
• India
5 Oct 12
I don't know what to say vandana. You are a big girl now and I have never heard of anything as bizarre as this.
• United States
29 Sep 12
I think there is less respect than there used to be.people sell heirlooms to finance a shopping spree at awl-Mart,or to pay for gas or go to a movie.They don't get that if you have less money,maybe you should live more simply and within your means.
@allknowing (54673)
• India
30 Sep 12
Lifetstyles differ from person to person and those who have the means will have belongings that they would like to pass on.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
29 Sep 12
I still have things that have been passed down that I hope my children will cherish as much as me. I think that there has been a lot of that lost but I think there is something of great importance to things that have been family owned. I hope that later on that children will grow to see the true value of what their family will leave them.
@allknowing (54673)
• India
29 Sep 12
I only hope your children will attach equal value to those heirlooms. It depend where they will be located in years to come and whether they will be able to carry those precious belongings wherever they go!
@dainy1313 (2354)
• Leon, Mexico
29 Sep 12
Hello allknowing I wont have any legacy from my parents beside my career, and their love. My parents went to bankrupcy. I just have the lovely memories when I was a girl. After bankrupcy they got divorced. But I think those lovely memories are better than nothing. They are all deep inside me. Blessings allknowing... dainy