This time, while she was picking through my treasures, I earnestly tried to explain.
"I have an appreciation for old items."
"Appreciation is when you admire something and respect that it's withstood the test of time."
"That it has lasted so long, and that someone took so much time to lovingly make it. And that it's still just as beautiful and useful today, even if only to look at."
"Hmmm. All I know is that you'd BETTER buy me something NEW for my birthday, FROM A STORE, and it'd BETTER be sparkly," she admonished.
While tidying up today, I moved some of my music books, and noticed that the binding on one of them had peeled away. I was astonished to see the awesome musical illustrations HIDDEN INSIDE the binding, where no one would ever even know they were there. From 1867. That loving attention to detail is a bygone trademark and if that doesn't inspire appreciation, nothing will.