Thursday, August 20, 2009

Vintage Inspiration of Passed Lives

I'm a big one to leave a legacy that matters. I think about it all the time . . daily. I want my life to count and I want to leave this world having left what matters.

My grandfather, August Zentgraf, left much that mattered. He immigrated from Germany on a steamer ship with nothing but his worldly belongings in his steamer trunk, the required $32, and a black forest canary (which died on the way). Many of those things that matter for life my grandfather modeled for me. They live on in my head. Often, I will think, "what would grandfather do?".

Last Monday, Michael and I went vintage shopping for our anniversary, and you must know that it was more for me - than for him. One of the places we stopped at had the "passed lives" above display that caught my attention. . .and the pictures and mementos behind the glass reminded again of how short life really is and how much we take for granted.

Seeing the beauty of this tea set caused my to wonder about the woman who owned it. Did you serve many with it or did it sit on a pretty shelf collecting dust? Was she loved and cared for and did she truly love and care for others by giving of herself. Was she centered out of her home? Was she content or was she trying to fill vacant spot in her feminine soul with more that won't last?

Who was the man that walked in these shoes? Did he love his wife and provide for his children. What kind of legacy did he leave. . . one of self-centeredness or one of other centeredness? Did he teach his children about God by the life he modeled or was it one of hypocrisy?

Why is it that younger women (and men) don't often think about the legacy they want to leave? How many life as if what they do doesn't really matter and that the consequences of poor choices won't effect them or others - for a life time?

And, how many do you know, who are the "end of life" time, finally consider attempting to repair broken bridges between people they are bitter toward? What legacy will you leave? Leaving a legacy is a beautiful thing and for more beautiful things visit Melissa's The Inspired Room and Julia's Hooked on Houses.


  1. Hello!

    Exactly what I love about vintage things, wondering where the items came from, who used them.

    I love the mustiness of an old place, an old locker. My kids used to call it creepy, I find it fascinating.

    And leaving a legacy, absolutely. Even the smallest of things (not material things) can leave soemthing that carries on, and may form into something larger. We want it to.


  2. I totally agree! I love finding old books with inscriptions and wondering who that person was, what they did...Great post!:)

  3. Hi Lylah :)

    I think about how short life is too, when I see old pictures and things that have been left behind. I can't imagine giving up family photos.

    Beautiful post :)


  4. This is the exact experience that I have when I'm browsing vintage items--I can't help but wonder about all the people who have used the objects in the past! The same happens when I enter an old house, as well. A lovely and reflective post!

  5. Lovely post and blog!



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