What is your 100 year legacy?

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Pat's Place
Joined: 2/19/16
What is your 100 year legacy?

The other day my 9 year old grandson and I were playing GI Joes with my Grandpa's World War 1 USMC helmet...my grandson is very into history, and particularely family history...he thought it was SOOOO cool to be putting on the very helmet that his great great grandpa put on his head over 100 years ago. This morning I got to thinking...what is it that my decendents will treasure of mine 100 years from now? We all have stuff that we plan to give to our kids or grandkids when they get a place of their own, (such as that table or those dishes, etc) but something that will be around 100 years from now?!? Of all the material stuff we have these days, what is it that will define who we were, and be priceless and treasured by family members...not so much out of instrinsic value, but out of family heritage sentimental value? I thought the ultimate legacy would be to pass along a farm or some land, which I don't have. Both of our mothers passed on a couple years ago, and now the kids are wishing they would have something else from those estate sales. I still have a 105 year old wedding gift night stand given to my Mom's parents by her uncle. I have a homemade bench that my Grampa built with me out of peach crates when I was 5...it would be a couple bucks in a rummage sale but it is one of my most valued family posessions. To me it defines his character as a thrifty German farmer, putting such care and craftsmanship into a salvaged wood bench. So for my legacy I am thinking my lever action .22 rifle that I bought with the first paychecks of my first job (as a dishwasher) when I was 16, or one of my guitars...but it made me think...maybe there is something else. So what is it that YOUR family will treasure 100 years from now?

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Davis Schmidt
Joined: 12/8/08

I have a painting my grandmother made, probably in the late 80's or early 90's that will be passed on, she didn't get a chance to complete it before she passed away so it has no signature, but it is framed and it's quite a nice work of art.  As for MY 100 year legacy, I haven't really decided what it might be...still working on that I guess.  Perhaps the bolt action remington .22 I had the opportunity to disassemble and refinish in shop class when I was in high school.  It was also the first .22 I had purchased with my own money after a summer of shingling houses.

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Joined: 8/24/08

I'm hoping some of the taxidermy I have around will be passed on.  I've never worried much about climbing the corporate ladder or working my fingers to the bone in hopes of riches.  I've always worked hard for the weekend in hopes of spending enough time in the outdoors that my children would grow a love for the outdoors, it worked.  Those trophy's on the wall all have a magnificent memory attached to them, to have that memory passed from generation to generation is all I ask.

"Believe you can and you're halfway there."

bobkat's picture
Joined: 12/16/01

Hopefully passing on some of my family owned fairly obsolete collecter firearms, one with original paperwork from my grandfather, complete with original paperwork, etc.   

Hopefully keep those old guns in the family, but depending on their interest, etc. My family is full of hunters and shooters so for at least another generation or. two that shouldn’t be a problem.  But in another hundred or two hundred years, who can tell?  

Them ending up in a museum rather than melted down to junk would be OK too.   What makes me VERY LEERY of donating firearms to a museum is that at least some museums require donated firearms to be rendered unfirable for supposed safety reasons.  Safety reasons are OK, BUT the thought of having my grandfathers old guns and other totally obsolete collector firearms permanently  butchered turns me cold and raises my blood pressure!  Any comments?    Not trying to hijack the topic......

multi-species-angler's picture
Joined: 4/26/09

My hundred year legacy will apparently be this photo I took of a limit of walleyes I caught ten years ago on the east end of sakakawea. So far I've found it used on a dozen other fishing related, and guides websites, and three times here on fake fishing reports. Be cool if I could make money on it. Flattering to me, but you guys should at least know when you see it, is a bogus report.

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Joined: 1/14/02

I have a nice buck should mounted.....I have a bunch of wrestling awards, and charts from tournaments I've won.   

"Once you've wrestled, everything else in life is easy.".     Dan Gabel