Case in point: One of my favorite childhood books was  The Pink Dress by Anne Alexander. Looking back, it was a pretty corny book, but I was a pretty corny kid. Sure, she kept my Nancy Drew books (the umpteenth edition), but The Pink Dress is gone, GONE. Current worth on the market: $3500. Worth to me: priceless. Oh well, my mom’s pretty priceless herself. But still.

p.s. And thank you to cousin Anne Marie for reminding me about The Pink Dress the other day  because I had forgotten all about it and how much I loved it and how mad I am that my mother didn’t keep it under glass for me when I left for college a hundred years ago.