These women had more in common than either would have preferred to admit. The benefit of the next generation is we don't have to pick sides. I can love both these brooches and appreciate the beauty/gaudy nature of each one. I know that there's a LOT of both these women in me. Probably more than I even realize.
I look now at my oldest daughter and her choice of clothes, decor, jewelry. She's none to shy about telling me that, when she grown up, her house will "match" unlike mine. She has certain color scheme requirements for her room; and recently took many childhood art pieces off her wall because they "just didn't go." And that's okay. We all have to find our own preferences and we'll naturally reject some of what we knew growing up.
I know that someday my daughter will appreciate the history of these "non-matching" heirlooms. I also know that her house will undoubtedly look quite different than mine. Every time I visit I'll just have to leave another vastly important heirloom to keep up the clutter!
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