I didn't think electronic devices could hold sentimental value, but it seems I was wrong.
My iPod went missing a couple months back, but I found it this week. While it was MIA, I was using my back-up iPod. I bought it about a year ago but don't like it as much as my old one. I never really used it until all this happened. That makes little sense as it has greater capacity and is newer, better and prettier than my old one. But it doesn't have one crucial thing — the letters CSB engraved on the back.
Those three little letters hold a great deal of embarrassment for my sister and brother-in-law, and as I have learned, a great deal of sentimental value for me.
Let me explain.
It was Christmas morning 2006. I was spending the holiday with my sister's family. We had agreed to a $10 gift limit. It was time for me to open my gift from "all of us," which included my sister, Terri, her husband, Tim, my 18-month-old niece, Aowyn, and their dog, Chewie.
I unwrapped a small box to find a silver iPod Nano. I looked at the clear-covered box in disbelief. It had to be a full minute before I looked up at my sister and brother-in-law. When I did, I found them with anxious faces.
"Oh my goodness," I said with all the exaggeration I could muster. "This is an iPod."
I saw relief flash across their faces. The anxiousness melted away and huge grins took its place.
"Oh good!" my sister practically yelled.
"So, it is an 'iPod' then, right?" Tim countered. "It's the real thing?"
I was confused by this line of questioning since it was clearly an iPod. Wouldn't the store clerk have made that clear to them, I wondered.