My Battery-Operated Phone

Image contains: Abbie, smiling.I was reading through some inspirational quotes when one of them struck my fancy. “You can’t see it now, but the thing you didn’t get will someday be the best thing you never had. Let it go. Better is coming.” — Mandy Hale

When I was about eight or nine, one of my friends had a battery-operated toy phone system. A phone was in her room, and a phone was in her brother’s room, so they could communicate that way. I wanted the same gadget for Christmas that year, so I could communicate with my younger brother in similar fashion. Never mind that he was only three. As you can imagine, Santa didn’t bring me what I wanted.

Now, as an adult, like many others, I own a battery-operated cell phone. Unlike my friend with the toy phone long ago, I can talk to anyone, not just my younger brother. This is just as well, since most of my calls to him go to voicemail, and he rarely calls me. So, that battery-operated phone system I wanted was the best thing I never had, and I have something better.

How about you? Can you think of something you wanted when you were a child that you never got? Do you think now that it’s the best thing you never had?

 

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Author: abbiejohnsontaylor

I'm the author of three novels, two poetry collections, and a memoir. My work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. I'm visually impaired and live in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, I cared for my totally blind late husband who was paralyzed by two strokes. Please visit my website at: https://www.abbiejohnsontaylor.com

5 thoughts on “My Battery-Operated Phone”

  1. When I was four, I had eye surgery. My little roommate got a toy piano, and I wanted one so bad. I never got one, but a few years later, when I wanted an acordian, my parents got me a real piano. They said the acordian was too big. As a hopeless literalist, I found this amusing to no end. Anyway, take your pick – was my best thing I never got the toy piano or the acordian?

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    1. It sounds like your parents could have used some eye surgery as well. Then again, even somebody with no vision would realize that a real piano is much bigger than an accordion. I agree. That’s funny.

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      1. Abbie, what they meant of course was that the acordian was too big for me to handle, which as little and skinny as I was, was probably true. Still, I’ve gotten a few chuckles out of it over the years.

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