Maggie says this is an easy one:
This week think about objects or places you miss having in your life. It could be a favorite toy, a photograph, a favorite hang-out, a favorite store or shop, a collectible, a favorite pair of jeans, or old movie ticket stubs. It can be anything your little heart desires. Write about one thing or write about a few. You’re running the show this week!
From several of the posts that I’ve seen, I think we’ve decided not to include people in the list of "things we miss," or I would say my mother, who died 22 years ago today. So let’s move on…
I got enough money in gifts for my 8th grade graduation that I was able to buy myself a stereo: a Panasonic tuner and a Garrard turntable. I spent hours listening to the radio and records on it. When I got married, I brought it to our new home and set it up in the living room. Gradually I replaced the tuner and turntable and added a tape deck.
Around the time I got it all set up, we got three new kittens. One of them, Moe, liked biting through the speaker cords, so for a while I would replace the speaker cords and all would be OK. It got to where every time I wanted to listen to the stereo, I’d have to replace the speaker cords.
One day, I finally had enough, but rather than getting rid of the cat (who was an adorable little tuxedo that I loved more than the stereo), I got rid of the stereo, giving it away to whoever wanted a piece of it. I then bought a little all-in-one unit with a turntable, CD player, and tape deck, and kept the speakers close enough to where little Mosey-Doodles wouldn’t be tempted to chew through the cords.
Recently, I’ve been ruminating on my misspent youth, and realized I really miss that stereo, and all the records and tapes that I had (which became redundant after I moved all my music to my hard drive and Apple Music). It was more than just a stereo to me, I think; it was a part of my life. And I miss that part of my life.
I really could have used Bluetooth back then, you know?