Of all the things I could have kept that were my father's--I'm really glad I kept the OED.
I wish I'd have kept his small collection of mystery books--but you can't keep everything--and I'm glad the bulk of his books stayed together, as a set and a permanent collection elsewhere.
But this set of dictionaries, which frankly, I thought I'd use more and don't--I'm totally delighted that it sits here with me in the house. I imagined that I'd maybe have a child to pass these on to, as well as a love of books are reading--& clearly this is dreaming because one can never know how one's child will turn out. But I'd hoped that one of mine would absorb a love of books if only through osmosis, much the way i did as a child, surrounded by a library's worth of books & being read to by parents who valued reading (and valued reading to a child) and wanted to pass on words, sounds, literature and the value of education to their sprout.