Bill and I had been married for about ten years when his mom passed away in 1991. Because my in-laws lived in Florida and we were in Wisconsin or Maryland we never saw them that often. We probably saw them about once a year. I didn't get to know her very well, but I know how much my father-in-loved her.
He's lived with us since December and has mentioned his Margie regularly. When we unpacked the MANY boxes that he brought with him we found her (dozens of) tea-cups lovingly wrapped by him. We found all her sweet little knick-knacks that he hadn't been able to part with. He gave me her very old and worn Bible and said, "You can throw it away or keep it...I don't need it but I've never been able to throw it out". A couple months ago he called me to his room and took a little metal box out of one of his drawers. It contained their birth certificates, marriage license, her death certificate, a copy of his will and one more piece of paper dated July 12, 1943. It's the receipt he received when he bought Margie's engagement & wedding rings. He knows I like old papers, so he thought I'd like to have it. I think it's so wonderful that he's kept it all these years!
PS ~ I kept the Bible!