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Things I’ll have to explain to my children

Published: Thursday, February 21st, 2013

I recently got a new cover for my phone, which when on the device, look like a large, pink cassette tape. All of my friends find it hilarious and we reminisce about the first tapes we owned: Spice Girls, Backstreet Boys, Disney soundtracks — I could go on. However, when I have my phone with me at the elementary school or with my friends’ children I get the same question: “What the heck is that?” This question got me thinking, what am I going to tell my children about the things I grew up with, like my parents often reminisce about The Beach Boys, buying candy for a quarter and walking to school six miles in the freezing cold (give it up dad, grandma told me you took the bus). 
We’ll have to explain what a VCR was (and how you rewound the tape in a separate machine, otherwise it would be ruined in the VCR itself), the contraption of the cassette tape and boom box and the wonderful television programming of TGIF. As well as some other items I’ve come up with:
Tamagotchis — At some point the conversation will switch to the fact many of us ’90s children carried around little plastic eggs with tiny screens on them. In these screens lived our hearts, our pets, our whole reason for existing — our very own Tamagotchi. We loved them, listened to their tiny electronic screams for food and occasionally forgot them in our desks at school where they were left to die a horrible electronic death before we hit the reset button. They were perhaps our first foray into the life-consuming world of electronics and self-absorption, later to be fully manifested by Facebook.

I recently got a new cover for my phone, which when on the device, look like a large, pink cassette tape. All of my friends find it hilarious and we reminisce about the first tapes we owned: Spice Girls, Backstreet Boys, Disney soundtracks — I could go on. However, when I have my phone with me at the elementary school or with my friends’ children I get the same question: “What the heck is that?” This question got me thinking, what am I going to tell my children about the things I grew up with, like my parents often reminisce about The Beach Boys, buying candy for a quarter and walking to school six miles in the freezing cold (give it up dad, grandma told me you took the bus). 

We’ll have to explain what a VCR was (and how you rewound the tape in a separate machine, otherwise it would be ruined in the VCR itself), the contraption of the cassette tape and boom box and the wonderful television programming of TGIF. As well as some other items I’ve come up with:

Tamagotchis — At some point the conversation will switch to the fact many of us ’90s children carried around little plastic eggs with tiny screens on them. In these screens lived our hearts, our pets, our whole reason for existing — our very own Tamagotchi. We loved them, listened to their tiny electronic screams for food and occasionally forgot them in our desks at school where they were left to die a horrible electronic death before we hit the reset button. They were perhaps our first foray into the life-consuming world of electronics and self-absorption, later to be fully manifested by Facebook.

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