Oh, Technology…

I think today’s Daily Prompt is really interesting. Most technologies that have become obsolete have been replaced with something that’s supposed to be better/smaller/faster/easier to use. Typewriters have become computers and laptops. Music cassettes have becomes CDs, and I don’t even think CDs are as big as they used to be now that music is so downloadable. Video tapes have become DVDs. Those are the ones that spring to mind for me, although I know there’s a lot more! I can’t say that any technology that’s gone extinct over the past 20 or so years has left a great hole in my life. But there are some I do miss, for nostalgic reasons more than anything else though.

I miss having a VHS player and watching videos because I had all my favourite childhood shows and films on video, to watch again and again (and again and again). Obviously, I could watch them online now or get them on DVD but it wouldn’t have the same feeling. I miss the earlier computer games and game consoles because it reminds me of when I’d spend hours watching my older brother play them, and those are some of my favourite memories from when I was younger. Although I still watch him play video games if we’re both at home, reverting back to childhood at its finest!

I think technology is incredible, and I love how it’s always moving forward and coming up with new things. Some of the technology we have now is unbelievable. Smartphones, of course. I love having everything I need on one device, and such a small one at that. Also, something I’ve recently heard about are 3D printers. I don’t know much about them but the idea of them just amazes me! I think overall, I enjoy hearing about – and sometimes using – all these new technologies too much to greatly miss any of the obsolete ones.

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To a childhood friend,

It was clearly written in the stars that I was supposed to start blogging this week. Yesterday, I came across yesterday’s Zero to Hero challenge. Today one of my favourite bloggers, Gala Darling, posted this great post for if you have “Blogger’s Block”, which has inspired me to write this letter.

 

Dear J,

One of my strongest memories of the two of us is when we got married. It was a simple ceremony, with my mum officiating, but it was wonderful – I think you wore a Lion King t-shirt which made me want to marry you even more. There was definitely a part of me that hoped you’d be my first real boyfriend one day! Unfortunately you were destined to only be my first husband, not my first boyfriend. But I think that day was one of the happiest of my young life.

You were one of my first friends and my first boy- best-friend. You were super weird, and a typically gross boy but you were so kind to me, and I have so many great memories of the two of us. One of my very favourites has to be where we’d go under your house to the basement/outhouse sort of place and “study” Vikings, do you remember? Pretending to uncover their tools, discovering their toilet holes in the ground, what a couple of fun kids we were!

I often think about another life; one where we did stay best friends, where we’re still friends now. I hear about your life through Facebook and my mum’s occasional updates and wonder about what might have been.  I wonder how my life would be different if we still spent as much time together as when we were younger. I also wonder if you ever think about me, if you ever get these same thoughts. I reckon we’d still be being weird and uncool together, in our own wonderful way.

You’re one of those people who I’d instantly be friends with again. We might not have spoken in years but I’d be there for you in a heartbeat.

xox