There’s something about being a grownup that mystifies younger people. Remember those times when your parents put powder or their favorite jewelry on? You totally felt like you’re seeing them transform into a more mature human. It’s like a reverse Clark Kent. At that time, it seemed like all it takes to be a functional grownup is to get that one magical item.
This week, we asked our contributors to share some items that their parents passed on to them. Whether or not these items hold some sort of magical powers (see: horcrux) to help them become a grownup, we’ll never really know. But one thing’s for sure, the memories these items hold definitely inspire us to keep on going.