The friend explained that she was ready to downsize, but none of her children wanted the heirloom hutch or antique armoire that she’d inherited from her mother, who’d inherited them from her mother before that. “It’s heavy. It’s not their style. And they don’t have anywhere to put it,” she said.
One of the most difficult moments in the aftermath of my mother’s death was realising that we didn’t have space for — or want– many of the items of furniture she wanted to pass on to us.
I really hope I can avoid burdening my own children with that guilt.