“If I’d known how great grandchildren were, I would have had them first!” Mona R, a Boston area resident, enjoy spending time with her grandson Caleb and his sister Alice. She has two more grandchildren, but they live on the other side of the country.
That presents a problem for Mona, as she contemplates moving from the home she shared with her husband, who passed away two years ago, to a smaller, more manageable apartment.
“Caleb and Alice, I’ve been able to spend time with. We’ve been together. But the other two – Joachim and Mark – I don’t know so well. I want to send their mother some of our things so she can have them around. Maybe they’ll get a sense of where they come from.”
Boston: How to Ship Furniture, Heirlooms & Art
“My husband spent a lifetime collecting paintings,” Mona explained. “We’re not talking about Van Gogh or anything like that, but he had some nice things. I’d like to be able to send his favorite one out there. But I’m worried it won’t make it.” Mona’ s more confident about the furniture she wants to ship to her daughter. “This stuff is durable! It survived our kids, it’ll survive being shipped across the country. But will it cost me a fortune?”
Mona’s solution was to select a company that specialized in long-distance, small load moves. “It turned out to be more practical to send all of this stuff to her in one shipment, rather than trying to piecemeal it. The paintings were packed in specially-built crates, and I’m thrilled to say they got there in pristine condition.”
“We have these things around us all our lives. They become part of our history,” Mona said. “And I think that’s important to pass that along to the next generation.” She shook her head. “More and more Baby Boomers are going to be in my situation: think creatively and explore all your options. It’s our responsibility to make sure these ties stay strong!”