We’re visiting my in-laws’s house this weekend (who are obviously grandparents) and I noticed some striking similarities between their household and my own grandparent’s house. I feel like these are things you run into at many grandparent’s houses. It’s like something that happens when you get older, you start to collect or display these odd items. Sort of like a teenager and their music/movie posters, these are items you display when you hit a certain age. I’m interested to know how many other people have run into these same things:
The Creepy Lifelike Doll
Where did she come from? Why is she hanging out? She’s not there to play with, just to look at it. And we are lucky enough to have her propped up on the dresser of the guest bedroom, so she can watch over us while we sleep. This one is not actually as creepy as her predecessor. We have no idea where she went…
The Grandfather Clock
My great-grandma had one of these and it used to creep me out when I couldn’t sleep. Like it was mocking me with every hour. My in-laws have one that marks every 30 min. and goes off on the hour. Why is this even a thing? It’s really annoying at 2AM.
I’ve run into this at every grandparent’s place – the Asian collection. My own grandmother re-did her entire living room in what she calls her “Orientals.” And my in-laws have an Asian room as well. My great-grandmother just had a few select pieces. But it seems they’ve all been touched by the Asian persuasion at some point.
Random Wall Art
I’m not sure how long something hangs on the wall before you feel like it’s time to move on, but most of the artwork found at grandma’s has been there for a loooooong time. I’m pretty sure this a 1960’s raccoon portrait. It makes me think of The Bloggess, lol.
The WTF Item
These are things given to them by friends who are being funny, that they keep and display. They serve no purpose, just take up space, and are just weird. I think this is a troll drinking beer. It has been here for the 18 years I’ve known my husband. Always in the guest room, just hanging out.
There are many other fun things to find at grandma’s, but these are just a few that jumped out at me on our latest visit. I’d love to see pics of what everyone else finds!
As a side note – my in-laws are pretty awesome. So this is in no way making fun of them or their decorating skills. Just a little observation piece 😀