By Colleen Riggle
Today’s prompt takes me back to my *cough younger days. I often reflect on how technology is so different now, then it was when I was a youngster or even for my teens. We’re expecting a little girl come September and reflected not too long ago about how she will live in a world filled with technology! She will not know the world without internet, ipod/phone/pad etc., or even world with out elementary kids having cell phones.
However, I did live in that world and for quite a while. We didn’t have cable growing up, didn’t really have internet until my last year of high school (which consisted of a free dial-up AOL cd you got in the mail) and I received my first cell phone as a college graduation gift – purple of course. But looking back even further my favorite piece of “technology”, which now in some respects is out dated was a little purple radio-tape player. You actually had to plug it into the wall to make it work; it wasn’t portable. It played only one tape as a time, usually something I had recorded from the radio. And I often had to scan the dial to just the right spot in order to get a decent sounding radio station. Where was Pandora Radio when you needed it? I loved music and still do, and my little purple radio was my connection to music.
It was cute, purple and I kept that little radio forever. I believe it was some time during high school that I got a “boom box” for a Christmas gift, which had two detachable speakers, played 5 cds AND tapes and had a digital radio. But the little purple radio was by far my favorite piece of technology as a child.
How about you? What was your favorite technology/gadget as a child and why?