Legacy

Dictionary.com has the following definition –

legacy –

noun, plural legacies. 

  1. Law. a gift of property, especially personal property, as money, by will; a bequest.
  2. anything handed down from the past, as from an ancestor or predecessor: the legacy of ancient Rome.
  3. an applicant to or student at a school that was attended by his or her parent.
  4. Obsolete. the office, function, or commission of a legate.

In my post ‘Treasures’, I ended with the following –

The most important treasures are those related to my sons, the pictures, the school related material, the newspaper clippings; these are the most important items.  But do my sons really care about them?  They have significance and are important to me; therefore I cannot throw these treasures away.  Are they important to my sons; I ask again, do my sons really care about them?

Someday I will give to my sons these treasures I have of them and they can choose to keep them or throw them away.  I am unsure if the younger generation today understands the importance of keepsakes; those items from the past that the older generation considers treasures.

In my post today –

Are these keepsakes, these treasures one aspect of a legacy?  Back several years ago, my grandmother died.  My mom and her siblings went through her things and in turn my mom gave me a few keepsakes or treasures that belonged to my grandmother.  I have her bible that I know was the foundation of her life and a few other knickknacks of hers.  I will hold on to these items, but then what will result in them once I am gone?  Will my kids take them and keep them?  Will these items have any meaning to them?  Time will tell.

I have many personal items, really not worth any significant amount of money, but I do want to leave a legacy of some sort. The legacy I want to leave is not of the physical sort in terms of material items, but in the immaterial, the spiritual kind.  The life I led and the person I am; my experiences, my journey through life, my being.

This blog began with me introducing myself and in my 2nd post ‘I want to write a book’, I wrote the following –

I was thinking writing an autobiography, but then again maybe a memoir would be better.  If it were a memoir and it was written well, than I could always write another one.

Many notes, thoughts and memories I have documented over the years are available just waiting for me to organize and put together into the final writing.  So what am I waiting for?

In my post today –

The book will most likely never be written, and I am okay with this realization – my autobiography, my memoir is this blog.

This blog is what I want to leave as a legacy; to my kids or whoever else is interested in reading about me and my life.

What will you leave as your legacy?

12 thoughts on “Legacy

  1. This post made me think a lot Spear. I believe I might have mentioned in an earlier comment my mother died one year ago this week. When we went through her things there were so many items that had more emotional significance to her sister than I. Yet even in what I kept, I wonder what will come of them when I pass…unless I donate them. I am an only child with no children of my own. One person’s trash (or items left behind) can indeed be another’s treasure…but the process works both ways doesn’t it now?

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  2. Thank you for this post. It is strange, my oldest son just called me today and out of no where asked me if I have done any writing lately. A strange question coming from this son. It made me a little nervous, “What if he found my blog?” I am doing this anonymously.

    And then I got to thinking what will he think someday after I am gone if he ever read my blog? What would any of them think?

    They do not know me now, would it matter then? Something to ponder…

    Again, thank you!

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    • You are welcome. This is exactly the reason I started my blog, to someday provide to my sons, so they can read about me and my life. Would they read and would they care? I don’t know, maybe later in their life they will. But I felt I needed to leave something. Thanks for reading! Hope you are having a great weekend. 🙂

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  3. I often speak to my kids about some of my items, my treasures, quilts that my great grandmother made….they just listen but I am thinking that it all ends with me….some of the next generation isn’t interested in legacy…the old dishes that have been carefully wrapped and handed down from mother to daughter for generations…makes me sad…one of my children said I should probably make little notes and pin them to the quilts so they know who made them or make a video…I have decided if no one wants to take the time to hear the stories from me, that they don’t need to continue….I can only hope that all my treasures finds good homes when I am gone…..kat

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    • Yes, I agree with you, the next generation is not interested in legacy. I think somehow technology has interfered with this. Anyway, yes lets hope our treasures can bring good things to other people – even strangers. 🙂

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