Post # 1
I was just reading something about a woman who left a piece of jewellery at a friends then the friend accidentally lost it on the way to giving it back. The friend offered to pay for it but the woman was more concerned about the sentimental value than anything else.
So, apart from things like wedding and engagement rings, does anyone have anything which, to them, is priceless, and if it got lost then it would be irreplaceable?
Mine is my stuffed elephant. I’ve had Dumbo since Christmas 1992 – nearly 21 years and I can count on one hand the number of times he has not been in my bed with me. I would be absolutely lost without him.
What about you?
Post # 3
It’s still jewlery, but mine would be a strand of pearls that belonged to my grandmother, that I wore on my wedding day.
Post # 4
My mother’s culinary medal, her pearl ring, and her perfume.
Post # 5
@FromA2B2013: I have the bear my mema gave me the day I was born. My great grannies pearls. And a baby bonnet my mother wore. I also have this creepy stuffed buzzard from my dad, it creeps me out but I can’t stand not to have it hanging in the corner of my room either. I have a few priceless things from my son. And lastly, I have a tape of my pappa singing and telling stories. Basically I have a small one by one box on my dresser that if my house were burning down I would grab.
Post # 6
I lost mine – it was a simple necklace with a 3D star-shaped charm, and the front of it was paved in probably cubic zirconia. My great-grandmother gave it to me when we went shopping that no longer exists (and got their stuff from obscure vendors). Someone in high school stole it during gym class – I was LIVID. Still really angry when I think about it. Eventually someone in the class pooled some money together (about $30?) and gave me a card, which was a nice gesture, but I’m pissed off that someone still has my necklace and that their action forced the whole class to apologize, feel bad, and pay. Even if it was $1-2 per person, the other 30 people didn’t do it so it was really unfair and awful all around.
Post # 7
@FromA2B2013: it’s actually a house plant that I’ve had since I was 8 years old! It’s resided in 3 different homes with me.
Post # 8
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
For me it’s photographs. I love pictures and they capture so many memories. For this reason I back up all my photos a few times a year onto a portable hard drive that is stored in a fire proof safe.
Post # 9
@Ms_Purple: a friend of my dad’s had an expensive fireproof safe at his business. His business burned half down, including his office. All the paperwork and cash in the safe was fine but all the plastic cases he had his collectors coins in were melted. You might want to consider a small safety deposit box for your backups. Or maybe make two backups and keep them in separate locations.
Post # 10
Aside from photographs, jewelry and baby items…
My husband and I went to England for our first anniversary. He took our favorite photographs and an amazingly talented artist friend painted a sort of collage of them. It was my Christmas present that year. He gave it to me in front of his family and EVERYONE cried happy tears!
It is about four feet by four feet and hangs in our dining room. It is stunningly beautiful and it makes me smile every time I look at it.
Post # 11
@FromA2B2013: Do dogs count? My dogs for sure!
Post # 12
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
@tksjewelry: Thanks, definitely something to consider. I could see how the high temperatures of a really intense fire would still affect/melt plastic even through something fireproof.
Post # 13
@tksjewelry: We do this– a backup in the firebox and a backup in the safety deposit box.
Aside from photos or digial scans of family history the one thing would be a piece of a brooch from my great-great-grandmother that she brought with her from Europe when she moved to the US. The diamonds are actually glass and it’s not worth much of anything in terms of dollars, but it’s been in the family since the 19th century.
Post # 14
I have kept cards and letters from my family and friends ever since I was in college (and I graduted almost 30 years ago.) My most cherished possession would have to be my collection of cards and handwritten notes and letters from my maternal grandmother. She used to write to encourage me in my walk with God and would include Scripture references that she loved or that God put on her heart for me. About seven years ago, I went through all of them and read them again. It was SO special to be able to do that!
Beyond that, it would be the photographs that I’ve cherished over the years, long before cell phones, digital cameras and fb were there to provide easily retained images.
Another possession that I cherish is the beautiful and creative engagement present that my DH gave to me moments before he asked me to marry him.
Post # 15
@FromA2B2013: On our first date, FI and I were walking around an arts festival when we stopped at a booth selling really beautiful glasswork. FI wanted a memento from our first date (which he didn’t tell me until later), so he got this pretty blue glass sculpture with gold flakes. At the time, I was surprised he spent so much money on it, and thought it was kind of a silly thing to buy. But now I still treasure it, and look forward to telling our kids about it.
Post # 16
@FromA2B2013: I don’t think I have anything that if it got lost or stolen would absolutely break my heart. I’ve never been sentimental, especially about material things, and it’s people and experiences that matter more to me. I don’t hold onto things and DH jokes that if we ever divorced I could fit all of my belongings into 2 plastic totes ;P