We were also the recipients of two slightly smaller keys, one to the root cellar and one for the barn.
Now these keys have a home on the kitchen wall.
My everyday keys are a bit boring with a routine Subaru key and a regular old Kwikset house key, but I also carry a tiny key that I found inside the wall when we were redoing the kitchen and the key to happiness.
Ryan inherited my fascination with keys and when he was four, he wanted some of his own. Santa was thrilled to find these rings of antique keys to start Ryan's collection.
Once people knew that Ryan was collecting keys it seemed that friends and family were happy to gift him with lots of unique keys and locks.
There are keys within keys,
beautiful engraved locks,
and this tiny one with its own self-referential keyhole.
Ryan's obsession grew to include 26 pounds of keys, locks, and key chains.