Intense connections to physical objects may seem antiquated during a digital era in which tangibility is increasingly devalued. Many of us, however, pepper our lives with inanimate things, be they items placed around the home or worn on the body. As dependent on the incorporeal cloud as someone may be, the thought of losing a family heirloom, Hand of Fatima pendant, wedding ring, or an otherwise unassuming object has the power to elicit worry and tears. The security objects of early childhood are often the first step on a lifelong journey of building attachments to particular items. Many believe that these generally soft possessions, such as blankets and stuffed animals, serve as substitutes for the mother. Much like a parent, they too are considered singular and irreplaceable. In 2007, Bruce Hood of the University of Bristol designed an experiment in which 22 children between the ages of three and six were told that a complex-looking This story is from Kinfolk Issue Twenty-Five Buy Now Related Stories Fashion Issue 19 Nick Wakeman Creating a menswear-inspired line for women, Nick Wakeman welcomes the challenges arising from forging new aesthetic territories. Fashion Issue 19 Camille Tanoh Camille Tanoh found his niche working for Pierre Hardy and Paul Smith. Now he’s blazing a path for the next generation of French designers. Design Issue 19 David Rager David Rager, co-founder of design firm Weekends, shares his tale of LA and Paris and how he makes time for life’s little distractions. Fashion Issue 19 The Heat of the Moment Wide eyes, tense muscles, goose-bumped skin and sweat-dotted brows. Design Issue 19 A Day in the Life: Frida Escobedo With her own firm and scores of global projects in her inventive portfolio, this architect is transforming Mexico City, one artful building at a time. Fashion Issue 19 On Courage The English word “courage” comes from the Latin term “cor,” meaning “heart", yet we often assign this virtue to acts of mere physical fortitude.