I had a friend in college that inherited a home from his grandparents. The home was a stunning and enormous brick Gothic Revival that he remembered from his childhood. He was certain it was going to be the home he would move his eventual family into after he served his time in the Air Force and settled down. He went to visit the house as a side trip on his journey home for winter break from school. He hadn't seen the home in a long time, as his grandparents had moved into a retirement home after his grandmother had fallen ill almost fifteen years earlier. Fortunately for him, his grandparents saw fit to keep the house even though they no longer lived there. Upon returning from our winter break, I asked him about his visit. His face immediately fell. "They didn't hire anyone to keep it up" he said. The house, after years of neglect had been all but swallowed by the wooded lot on which it rested. The roof had caved in, the cellar was full of water, and the floors had started to rot. As it turns out, his grandfather who was a professional carpenter at one time, had ambitions of returning to the house every so often to maintain the residence and do some minor improvements. Over the course of the first year he spent in the retirement home with his wife, he too had fallen ill and neglected to ask anyone to help him take care of the house. The years passed and whether through miscommunication, lack of interest, or just plain forgetfulness, the home started to quite literally fall apart. As a result, my friend, while excited about the eventual prospects of the property, had inherited a crumbling money pit.
I too inherited something from a family member. Mine was from my great grandfather. Fortunately, for me the repairs necessary will mostly just cost me some time. Unfortunately, it's not a brick Gothic Revival house on ten acres of wooded lot. I got a box. My great grandfather passed away long before I was born but my mother ended up with his small, hand made machinist chest. The small chest sat in my parents garage until I paid them a visit last year and asked about its fate. They were excited to get some stuff out of their garage, and I was excited to have the little box.
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