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Should I take my grandads clock?

Asked by Melonking (1221points) June 21st, 2008 from iPhone

He asked me would I take it last nigth, it is in very bad nick but he says he wants me to have it and get it fixed up. I don’t know if I should I don’t like tacking things that belong to him, but I know if I don’t take it he will never get around to fixing it and it is an old family clock. He says he will fund me but I would not put my hopes up aboult that.

What do think?

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hollym's avatar

Do you like the clock? Is it something you’d enjoy having in your home? Can you afford to have it fixed now? Later?

I’m kind of a pack rat, but I say take the clock if it’s something you like or something that has sentimental value to you. You may regret it later if you don’t. And if you decide that you don’t want it, you can always get rid of it later.

Melonking's avatar

Well it is nice and it doesent look to be too bad, the box is another matter.

scamp's avatar

I think this is more of an emottional issue than a mechanical one. It sounds like your Grandfather is trying to leave you a family heirloom, that may not mean much to you now, but you could come to cherish it later when he is gone. So my suggestion would be to take it and thank him for sharing something so important to him. If he is helping with the financial end of fixing it, you may just get it working and love it! If not, you could always decide what to do with it later so you don’t hurt his feelings. He must think alot of you to give your something so special, and that’s a wonderful thing.

babygalll's avatar

I think you should take it and fix it up. If he wants you to take it he obviously wants to see you enjoy it while he is around. In the future this little piece will have sentimental value to you and you will remember him every time you look at the time.

I am a sentimental person and cherish all the things I have of my grandparents and think of them each time I use something that they once cherished.

gailcalled's avatar

I have a beautiful old clock, housed in a fancy Dresden china case, that came from my grandmother (c. 1920), There are no longer any working parts availabl or people (at least from my research) who can repair it. I keep it as a family treasure. My digital clocks show me the time.

Your children some day mght love something that their great-grandfather owned. See whether you can get the history of the clock from him.

babygalll's avatar

@gail:

I think you meant available…not availabl

gailcalled's avatar

Too true; I added that after having written the answer.

Seesul's avatar

gail is right on. Not only ask him for the history, but write it down as he tells you and keep it with the clock. Some day you will be able to afford the restoration and appreciate it, especially after he is gone. Be honored that he chose you to have his treasure, it is quite a compliment. As gail said, passing it on to future generations as a treasure and it will remind you of him. Be sure to let him know that you are grateful to have it as a gift. That will mean a lot to him.

Melonking's avatar

Just as a follow up I did tack the clock in the end.

Seesul's avatar

Glad to hear it. You might want to write him a nice thank you note, make it simple but express how you are honored to have it and will keep it for future generations and that it will always remind you of him and what a great grandfather he has been to you.

It will mean a great deal to him, believe me.

babygalll's avatar

That great! I am sure you will cherish it and you won’t regret it.

scamp's avatar

I’m glad you took it. It will bring you good memories of your GrandFather in the years to come.

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