A Hope Chest was originally used as a dowry. It was property that a woman owned and brought into her marriage. Some women could not find a suitable husband, for various factors; therefore, the dowry was used as a way of enticing a man into marriage.
The idea of a Hope Chest symbolizes so many hopes and dreams. It’s about seeing the future unfold before your very eyes and it’s about preserving a lifetime of memories and building a family legacy, a heritage. It’s a place where a young girl places all her treasures and dreams as she waits for her life to unfold. And it’s a place where parents dream, too.
The reality is that a Hope Chest has no special powers and the idea of a dowry in today’s times would be insulting. But that doesn’t mean that you have to stop dreaming or preserving your family’s legacy.
True, a Hope Chest is nothing more than a wooden chest, a closet, a storage unit, or a large box full of items that have been collected over time. But with a little personalization, it can be so much more. So close your eyes and think about what you wish would have been passed down to you and then ask yourself, “What would I like to see my child have as she (or he) leaves home to start a new chapter of her life?”
Now, imagine your child’s reaction when she opens her Hope Chest and begins placing those items, one by one, throughout her new home.