What does the word “keepsake” mean to me? When you look at that little gift that your grandmother gave to you when you were very young. Does it bring back memories of her smile and her gentle way? Does it bring tears to your eyes when you look at something your young son or daughter made for you in school or for a special occasion? What about that engagement ring or wedding picture? For me, the meaning of a “keepsake” is – Keepsakes are a gift from the heart given to someone who is cared for deeply. They are a precious item that will not only last a lifetime and beyond; but will live in your heart forever. Keepsakes bring smiles to our faces, tears to our eyes and so many happy memories to mind. Keepsakes are meant to be a cherished gift.
What is the meaning of a “keepsake” you give? How do you choose a keepsake? Do you think about the person you are giving it to; how important to you are they in your life; their laughter; the joy they bring to you. Many emotions come to you at the time you are selecting this memento.
What is the meaning of a “keepsake” that you receive? It is also wonderful to be on the receiving end of the keepsake. It means that you are very special to the person who chose this gift for you and that you will think of them always. You know how much you mean to them and that they are grateful to have you in their life. They want you to remember them each time you look at this gift. They will be with you always.
Keepsakes come in different forms. There are keepsake boxes; keepsakes especially handmade for you or designed for you; from experiences and travels. It could be a lock of hair, a seashell, a piece of jewelry, or so much more. They come from family, friends, loved ones; and people we have met on our journey through our life. All have a special significance to you and the person who gives it to you. Some keepsakes are collections of a special interest. Keepsake collections can begin with a gift from someone, or something you started for yourself and people have added to because they care about you.
“Keepsakes” are forever and a reminder that you are special to someone in your life; or that you care deeply for someone. They are chosen with love.
That’s what memories are made of!