It’s suddenly dawned on me that my answer for many of these questions is ‘no’. I often wonder if people tune in with the hope that the question will harbour a really interesting story. Or maybe because they aren’t quite familiar with blogs that shoot themselves in the foot in the first sentence. Do I have any family heirlooms? Nope. See?
Heirlooms (one of hundreds of words with E before I), are items passed down through the generations in a will as an inheritance. It’s also something that has been in a family for generations. The question is not clear on which meaning it’s talking about. I hate questions like that. No one’s ever left anything to me in a will. And I’ve never been given anything by a family member that belonged to them. I think that only happens in Hollywood. However, I do have items from the past. A larvaheirloom. That’s an heirloom from a relative that you ended up with rather than given like a traditional heirloom.
I suppose I can’t count that clock that belonged to my brother. Because I actually stole it. However, I do have wood. Very old, Indian wood. When my granddad was serving in India, he was given it in the form of a hairbrush. It’s been worked on, kept looking nice, and it’s been re-bristled several times. It doesn’t look like it’s from the ‘30s, but I still use it (why not), and treasure it very much. Largely because I never met my granddad or indeed any of my grandparents. It’s a part of him, the man I never knew.
Sorry, that was interesting. Also interesting to note is that I made ‘larvaheirloom’ up. The Latin for ghost tacked onto heirloom. I hope you use it. I’m determined to get a word in the dictionary, even if it’s the only thing I ever do.
The Friday Bonus Question
Plucked from the basement of the internet, a bewildering question that defies logic and an answer, here for you to ponder.
Does looking at a picture of the Sun harm one’s eyes?
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