Saturday, December 5, 2015

In which my beautiful, sweet, smart niece is reluctant to be all grabby with Sly and Doris' stuff because she is a classy girl, even though Ted and his wife had no qualms at all about being grabby

Me: Niece! Take Doris' handwritten recipes.

Sweet, lovely, just graduated from college Niece: OK.

Me: And the cookie cutters.

Niece: OK.

Me: What about this stand mixer?

Niece: I don't know....

Me: You might want it someday.

Niece: It feels kind of weird taking her stuff.

Me: I know. You're still mourning her death and it seems tacky to be taking her things. But she would be very happy for you to have the things she enjoyed so much.

Niece: I guess.

Me: It's you or it's Goodwill.

Niece: I guess.

Me: Do you  need an iron?

Niece: Sure.

Me: Wait. You actually have clothes that need to be ironed?

Niece: Yes.

9 comments:

  1. Oh GD!

    I also took many of my grandmother's smaller day to day kitchen items. It brings me great joy just looking at them.
    Aww shucks.

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    1. I know! I have my grandmother's strudel cloth. So many happy memories of making strudel together.

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  2. I'm at a loss imagining what S & D had that Ted and Tedswife want to be grabby about - but if it clears the house, that's a good thing!
    I'm afraid you haven't found all the sex toys yet. You know they never threw anything out...

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  3. I make it a rule to never buy anything that needs ironing or dry cleaning. Well, except suits, and I wear those so infrequently that I can usually get by dry cleaning them anywhere from once a year (my favorite suit) to once a decade (the one that I only wear a very few times a decade).

    This reminds me of when my mom passed away, she had an apartment, and my wife, daughter and I packed up stuff that had any meaning to us, and then we asked her neighbors, many of whom had become good friends in the 4 years she'd lived there, if they wanted any of her things. Most of the kitchen stuff we didn't take went to the community kitchen for her building, which was nice.

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    1. I have all these white blouses that need to be ironed and I have not worn them for two years, but I cannot bring myself to put them in the Goodwill box. I think it is time. I hate ironing. I never want another job where I have to be starched.

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    2. If they're nice and you and Primo itemize your taxes, I use ItsDeductible.com to figure out the value of things that we donate (usually books and clothes). It's a service of Intuit/TurboTax, so if you use them it's incredibly simple to import your deductions, and if not it's still a good, FREE record-keeping tool.

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  4. Teen! is so right. Whenever i roll out pastry with Mom's rolling pin, or cut cookies with my aunt's cutters, it makes me happy. Glad Niece took some. i think she will be glad in the years to come.

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    1. webb, I found other little things like that and insisted that Maria take them home to share with her brother and sister. It is those little things you remember!

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