Merriam-Webster defines heirloom as:
piece of property that descends to the heir as an inseparable part of an inheritance of real property
something of special value handed on from one generation to another
a horticultural variety that has survived for several generations usually due to the efforts of private individuals
In my current WIP, my heroine must leave her home. Along with the necessities, the one thing that she takes with her is a precious family heirloom given to her by the man that she loves. The heirloom once belonged to his dear departed mother—so you know that it is special to him. That heirloom travels with her throughout her journey. It is a gentle reminder of him, and her love for him, even though she is uncertain of his love for her.
Short and simple this week:
Have you ever written an heirloom into your story? Did you give it some focus and importance?
Do you like to read about a precious token given away in love? A special gift kept close to the heart?
Does a small detail like an heirloom, bring flavor and substance to the story?
I would love to hear your views.
Between you, me and the gatepost,