I had a brilliant photography teacher, Mary Jo, and she theorized that we take many of the same pictures over and over again despite the contents appearing to be different. I did a project called The Portable Universe that was about the things women carry in bras, pockets, laundry bags, and so forth from cradle to grave as a way to bind women's lives without prejudice, since most women leave the house with a portable universe of things.
Photographing Aunt Ruth, I noticed that I was drawn to her photo array, her recipe box, and her giraffes. Most of the giraffes are gifts from friends and family, and they have become her signature. They make her laugh. In telling her story, the giraffes must be included.
I collect bees. No surprise with a name like Honey, and most of them have been presents. I have yet to have bee shoe ties like Aunt Ruth's giraffes.
Maybe, your Aunt Ruth would like to tell you about her collection. It is a nice way to get to know someone.