An idea.... what if we brought back trousseaux for our kids?
Hope chests! :) I think both boys and girls (or both young men and ladies) could benefit by a hope chest slowly being filled throughout their teenage years. They could add to it, their parents could add to it, and when the young lady married or the young gentleman went out on his own, they could take it along.
I have a 13yo boy, so I think about what would be awesome to put in a hope chest for him... first, I probably wouldn't get a cedar chest, I'd see what I could do to find a trunk. Trunks have a much higher coolness factor for guys. Then - maybe put in a nice tool every year? Like a cordless drill, and a really great hammer or... yeah, I have no clue about tools. A set of kitchen things (cast iron frying pan, a good chef's knife, a dutch oven). I don't know that the boy would want linens. A throw might be nice, if it was utterly masculine. Dunno. ?
I do have a daughter... and I'd love to make her a traditional hope chest. Cedar, 'cause I *would* stuff it with linens and nighties and things. (Yes, a trousseaux was originally all the clothes the bride would need for her first year of marriage - after that it was the husband's problem to provide them - and no, I wouldn't do that because of the way we run things these days). A couple of pretty chemises. The same set of kitchen equipment that the boy would get.
I think it would be awesome if I could make a quilt for both of the kids prior to their wedding day. Of course I haven't yet finished my own wedding quilt (18 years later) so - ahem - this may be my brain outrunning my fingers yet again. But it would still be awesome. ;)
At any rate - the hope chest and the trousseaux are NOT out of date - not if we don't want them to be - and they help keep our kids' eyes on the marital prize
What do you think? Cool or crazy?