clickamericana.com I first learned about Hope Chests when my Nana presented me with a beautiful tea set she had purchased at a sale, asked my opinion of it, then responded with a smile: \u201cI\u2019ll put it in your Hope Chest.\u201d Now, I was living on my own at the time and happened to love tea cups. And given that she had already purchased this set and was presenting it to me, I assumed I would be walking out with the set then and there, maybe sipping some Oolong from it when I got home. But she happily packed the set away in this thing called my Hope Chest, and I didn\u2019t question it because I didn\u2019t want to be rude. The next time my Hope Chest was brought up, my Nana had a homemade quilt. My Nana is no small talent in knitting and quilting. It was stunning. She asked what I thought and I gave my praises up and down. \u201cI think I\u2019ll put it in your Hope Chest.\u201d I thought about the coffee stain sitting on the quilt on my bed back home. I couldn\u2019t help myself this time, \u201cNana, what is a Hope Chest?\u201d That\u2019s when I learned that a Hope Chest is an actual chest filled with \u201cthings for my future.\u201d Naively, I wondered aloud, what date in the future? \u201cI\u2019ll give it to you when you get married.\u201d I looked through the contents already hopefully packed away for my future nuptials. There were things in there that had been passed down to my Nana and Papa on their wedding day, as well as a picture frame that my Nana found and thought I would like. It was a nice moment, looking through the chest, and my Nana nostalgically sharing the contents and telling me about her own Hope Chest from her mother. It was really sweet. \u201cBut, Nana,\u201d I said, \u201cWhat happens if I don\u2019t get married?\u201d Well, I still don\u2019t have my Hope Chest, but I\u2019ve noticed my Nana has put less in there and started to pass these items on to me directly, and sharing their meaning with me. Amazon Get your very own!