The thing is, kids still grow up and move out of their parents' home. At that point, even if it's at 18 and going off to a college dorm room, there are things needed: sheets, plates, glasses, cups, towels, cutlery, napkins, pots and pans, etc. What happened to collecting these things over the years, getting them as gifts, making them, inheriting them? And the perfect place to keep all these things of impending adulthood? A cedar chest, of course.
But back to the idea of the hope chest. My mother was of this generation, and had mentioned the idea of hope chests to me when I was a girl. I wanted one so badly, but never got one. I'm determined to get one each for my daughters for their 16th birthdays. It's an old fashioned idea that certainly can be brought up to date. At that point we will also start collecting nice things for their future homes so that they can begin adulthood with nice things and few trips to the box stores for junk.
Lane is still in business, and still makes cedar chests...and still calls them hope chests. Of course, they costs a bit more that the $37.50 quoted in Durbin's day! This one:
rings up at a whopping $799 on the Lane Furniture Web site. Oh well, I've got a few years yet! So what do you think about hope chests in the modern day? Why did we stop doing that?