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Someone should give the boy some money and tell him to keep the memories.
the family heirlooms at least. He may not have any memories of his grandfather. I can't think of anything I have from either grandfather... I take that back, I have a fantastic tool carrying box made of wood that my mom's side grand dad gave me for christmas one year. An open one for wood working tools like a hand saw, hatchet, screwdrivers, and a hammer. I was so darn happy about getting that, which he made by hand in his garage. I still have it, and it's in my garage
I think having something of your father’s or grandfather’s even if you don’t remember the person is important. It’s the definition of history. Something he may have used to earn his living adds to the importance. I’m glad you have something your grandfather made himself. That’s a real connection.
I agree, I do realize though, that IF and it's unknown, but IF the grandson has zero connection with his grandfather, like my dad's dad who died years before I was born, then those things of his have no sentimental value. They simply belonged to someone you never knew. They only have intrinsic value. BUT THAT ain't why I posted this. I don't think that's that case, it's only a possibility I offer to give someone the benefit of the doubt. I think this grandson had little respect and little comprehension of what these items signify. Not only did the grandfather survive WW2, but he also survived Korea, and we can't tell about Nam. Probably, because all these things were back in the states, and what sense would it make for the Army to send these tools to a grieving family? None. So he probably survived Nam too.So, to sell off the few items like the footlocker? Heresy. Most of the other stuff will never be used again, but that socket set? Oh hell no. That doesn't ever get sold.
I wish more families had the benefit of 3 or 4 generations of input to raise kids, and give them some good family memories for the rest of their lives.... plus the wisdom and advice. Grandparents especially have a better look at the world, without the day to day annoying things kids do, and their perspective of what kids might benefit from learning or experiencing is much different than if or when parents can get a moment past basic survival and see how their kids are turning out and what they might do to help the kids get ready to succeed in life.
What Ernest said. You too, Jesse.