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September 2, 2010 5:23 AM Subscribe
I asked idly in this thread
, but I'd like your advice about talking to one's parents about inheriting some of their precious junk.
posted by Admiral Haddock to Human Relations (17 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
When my parents divorced, my father ended up with a few decorative pieces that I really associate with my pre-break up childhood--an old tile from the living room, a barometer from his dresser and a few other things. These items are likely not without monetary value--though I'd be shocked if they were worth more than a couple grand altogether. The real value, of course, is the sentimental value to me, and I'd never in a million years sell them.
My mother never remarried after my parents' divorce, and I stand to inherit all of those things of hers that I imbue with the same sentimental value. My father, however, remarried and has two teenage children. I don't know what my father's will says (if he has one).
I'd love to talk with my father about ensuring I end up with these mementos--hell, I'd buy them from him today, if that's what he wanted. But I feel a bit like a vulture saying, "Hey Dad, gimme that when you croak." He's in good health, and we have a good relationship--but our family has never been very good about having conversations about ourselves and our wants/needs. Can anyone recommend how to talk to him about this?