Recently I helped my dad sort through my grandmothers belongings that had been in storage for a few years. She passed a couple of years ago, and now my dad is looking to move on as well. In her later years, she moved a few times, so a lot of her furniture and other items were already gone. What was left that we sorted through, were a lot of personal affects, and things that she collected.
Going through her things, it occurred to me how people can collect some really odd objects along the way. We found several clippings of obituaries of people we had no clue who they were. Obviously they meant something to my grandma, but how interesting it was to try and weave together the story. We also found some boxes with odd assortment of cards. Many of them empty. Maybe my grandma was saving them to use someday, or perhaps she liked the pictures on them. And then an entire box of polyester scraps.
Of course, we did get and safely stored some really cool items. My grandma was into quilting, and so is my mom, and my wife. Grandma carefully stored away in a bag, with notes, her baby blanket (1910) and her mothers quilt (date escapes me, but before 1900), both in great shape.
And finally, a lesson relearned from other grandparents that have passed. Be careful what you give them for presents, because you will get it back!