“The past is a candle at great distance: too close to let you quit, too far to comfort you.”
― Amy Bloom, Away
Do you ever joggle the idea that the generation after you will not even be aware of certain objects that trickle nostalgia down your spine?
I was born in the nineties (guilty of being old(er)), my entertainment were bikes, soccer balls, dolls, and spatulas. Then came a wave of technology which quickly swept away all the innocent complication-free gadgets.
I recall excitement filling me with seeping wonder when my mom got her first flip phone and I sent grey text messages to my cousin for the very first time.
Thrill electrocuted my brain when I got my first computer, operating windows 98, able to perform only Pinball and Solitaire.
Today, I sat down with my dusty memories, generated a list of things that won’t tickle the new generation’s bones (for those of you who are too young, I linked some visual aids):
- Rotary dial telephone
- Flip cell phone
- Dial-up internet modem *Listen to the voice clip, that’s the noise it made. Oh, the memories.
- Giant pregnant monitors and TVs
- Cassette tapes
- Zip Disks
Disposable cameras and polaroids are making appearances again, so who knows, maybe we will all share the memories in the future.
But a big part of my life will remain unknown and unfelt to millions of younger minds. I can’t say nostalgia burns a hole in my existence, but I do feel that the new generation is missing out. Missing out on the rush and indescribable emotions.
What would be on your list?