Me: I really like this clock!
Mom: Do you want it?
Me: Are you kidding?
Mom: I'm glad you like it. (she says with a little laugh)
Me: (looking quizzically)
Mom: When I was a young woman- before I met your father- the parents of a would-be beau came over from the farm across the way one day and offered it to me. I asked my parents about it - they knew I liked antiques - and they didn't have a problem with it. So I took the clock, but not the boy! (she bites her lip)
Me: (mouth drops open)
Seth Thomas c. 1875 comes home with me.