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  evilplatypus  |  38

2 - I'd be inclined to agree with you if it weren't for the fact that I've known some families to keep every damn lint ball passed down to them. If it doesn't have a practical use/value or sentimental value, there's no point in keeping or cherishing it. If you intentionally assign sentimental value to something, rather than let that value come naturally, you're in for a bad time (I'm sure that's where a lot of hoarders come from).

  chippa  |  24

Honestly, though, does that not sound so disgusting to pass down so many generations?
"Here--me, your grandmother, her grandmother, and HER grandmother all cried our husbands goodbye to war as we emptied our boogers out into this precious piece of cloth. We want you to put your boogers in it too and give it to your daughter."
I think sentiment should only exist to the person who lived through a moment with something, not to people who didn't. I just don't get it!

  sulitak  |  27

or it was not USED as a snot rag. My Grandma had "pretty handkerchiefs" and ones for use. It may be something that was just a token on weddings (something old something new...)

  akallaan  |  7

Why yes, yes I do, but if a common, white handkerchief is given without explanation, it is hard to have sentimental value for it.

If I had a kid, it'd be like me giving him a dime. There are plenty of dimes in the world and he'll think nothing of it unless I tell him "Your great great grandpappy fought in World War 1 with this. Keep it safe."

  morella_xx  |  29

It may not be washable depending on what it's made of. And at 4 generations old, it might not live through a trip in the washer.
A handkerchief is not that unusual a gift to a bride, if she's following the "something old, something new" rhyme. And I find it very unlikely that OP would have just given it to her daughter without explaining that it also belonged to grandma and great-grandma.

  BlueFlatts  |  20

Who cares, it's just a handkerchief that's provably filled with 4 generations of germs. What a present that is. I mean I'd understand if it was a vase or something that she was mistreating, because that would last and it can be displayed and what not. What are you supposed to do with a handkerchief?

  WritingWrongs  |  8

I've always said, if you want an heirloom to stay in your family for generations, pick something cheap and common. That way, when the greedy rat-bastard of the family comes along, he won't get a dime and his possibly not greedy son or daughter will still get something.

  gc327072  |  29

I thought the same thing as pradip. I mean, yes, she shouldn't use it as a damn duster, but WTF is she supposed to do with a hanky? They're obsolete anyway, disposable paper tissues are waaaay more sanitary.