My wife has always been very..."tolerant" of my hobby. In all honesty she probably could care less, but I think she appreciates the skill involved (and especially likes it when those skills spill over into fixing things around the house.) But as I say, she could probably care less...or so I thought. Enter Standard Gauge.
Ever since this little experiment in 2 1/8" gauge began, she now notices the latest piece, or will comment on the color ("apple green") of the new(er) 318 I just got. In fact, she suggested we display a piece in the "movie room", because we had a shelf that "needed some color." (She picked out a #212 gondola, because the maroon (kinda) matches the sofa.) I believe it's the color factor that mostly connects with her sensibilities... although she seems to much prefer the size as well; she thought N scale was "cute", and never really commented much either way about my O scale. (Probably just looks too "realistic"...)
Anyway, it looks like Standard Gauge has really "pushed a button" with her...and that's good for the both of us!
Have a nice weekend.
Mark in Oregon