I love old keys, and I’m not sure why. I just think they’re really cool to look at, and they always make me wonder who used them. When did they stop using them? Doorknobs don’t really have character anymore. Most of the features in new houses are built for efficiency and usefulness, but the lack character and quirkiness of old homes.
I live in a new house now, and I like a lot of things about it, but I grew up in a farmhouse, and I miss the creaky steps, odd drafts, doorways set everywhere for no apparent reason, and the keyholes in the doors.
I can’t be the only one interested in this. Books and literature talk about both literal and metaphoric keys. Keys seem to be one of those universal symbols that speak to everyone on some level.