Keeping It in the Family

updated 12/03/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/03/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST

"I have my grandmother's china. I love it because when we have family gatherings, I cook these big Greek meals and we eat on her china and think about her."

"Last year or the year before, I got the Texas flag that flew outside my grandfather's barracks, where he and his troops would sleep and shower in Vietnam. That, I thought, was amazing. I got that in a beautiful box. I was very touched"

"I have a ring from my grandmother: It is very small with little pearls and diamonds. I leave it in my jewelry box because it's one of those things that I never want to lose. I just gave my daughter Stella a nice ring for her 18th birthday. I gave my other daughter Margaux a lovely sapphire ring I had had. Can you imagine? My kids are so old I'm giving them hand-me-downs!"

"My grandfather on my mom's side was a Green Beret. He passed away, but he gave me his actual green beret. It's something that I cherish."

"I recently went to Carthage, Texas, to the Tex Ritter Museum. He was my grandfather, and the museum has a lot of his things from his house. I brought home a pipe from his collection. It's just for show, of course."

"I have really beautiful silverware and jewelry from my grandmother on my dad's side. I have an amazing cameo choker, a necklace that was my grandmother's. It's ivory on the inside, and on the outside it's a peach color with gold."

"I have a dresser that I had as a kid, and it had been in my mom's family. It's oak, and I kept the original lining. I don't know how old it is. One day I'll pass it down to my daughter Sam."

"I'm going to start a tradition because I got my Naval Academy ring. So it's gotta become a family heirloom."

"I wear everything that belonged to my mother and grandmother. My mother got a belt in London, and I finally inherited it the other day. I used to play dress-up in it for years, and now I have it."

"Last Christmas my mom's dad gave me the New Testament he had in a Japanese POW camp in World War II."

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