When I read this, I thought back to when I was younger...
I sometimes would hear of an heirloom, and when I first found out what this was I was intrigued. I wondered what would make this so important to someone, so what it's old and it was given to you by your mom or dad, I get new stuff all the time, and it's just as good as that, what's the difference. I was younger then, too young to understand sentamental value. Truthfully, I still don't fully understand how I would even describe it. But what I do know, is that I want to get something that means a lot to me already and I want to start passing it down. That way when I have a son in the next 10-15 years, I can give it to him when he gets old enough to respect it and not lose it.
When ever I hear heirlooms mentioned on Tv it is usually something like a broach or a hair clip, that was passed down from mother to daughter. I haven't heard a lot of things that are passed down from father to son.
When me and my wife in the future, decide to have a child, I'm going to be praying that it's a boy, so that I may pass something that my father gave me down to my son. And I hope that he appreciates it, and it means to him what it meant to me. I already know what it's going to be too.
About 30-40 years ago my dad found a piece of petrafied wood in a forest, and he picked it up and kept it the next 35, 40 years. Well one day he called me in to his room to show me something, and he handed me, what at the time I thought was a rock, but he explained that it was a really old piece of wood. I thought it was like awesome, and he said I could have it. That was the first thing I kept for more than a year. I've had it for about five years now, and I'm going to keep passing it down for the future generations of my family.