Just thinkin' ....
I remember when over-the-top excitement was getting a new box of 64 Crayola Crayons - or purchasing one Beatles LP, - or saving up the money to buy two (gasp - two!) Nancy Drew books (they sold for $1.50 each in those days) - or receiving a wool. jumper at Christmas that fit, now, rather than one two sizes too big so that I "could grow into it" - or even, best of all, wheedling my mother for the money to buy her a gift at Jamesway: a set consisting of royal blue eyeglass, cosmetic and cigarette cases. Never mind that she while she did wear glasses, she only wore powder and lipstick and she never smoked a cigarette in her life. But I thought they were beautiful and I wanted her to have them. Let me tell you, I was more than touched when I found those cheap blue cases among her things after she died.
I don't think that my own daughters knew any of these ardent but simple desires, and you know, I think they are the poorer for it.
(J and C, let me know if I am mistaken!)