Back in April, I took Paul’s record collection and a turntable to my nephew, Parker. This was a much-loved gift and he’s since purchased a few new (old) records to add to the collection. Unfortunately, this left his 12-year-old brother, Haden, feeling a bit left out.
But that changed today when I showed up with a dual-cassette “boom box” and a bag of Uncle Paul and my old cassette tapes. I know it’s hard to believe, but the kid was so, so excited to get a stack of Van Morrison and Bob Dylan tapes. Maybe less excited about some of my tapes – Cyndi Lauper, Sylvia, and Belinda Carlisle.
I had to teach him how to use the cassette player and explain how the process works for finding a specific song and flipping the tape over when one side is done, but that quick lesson was enough to get him ready to play. I also explained the concept of mixed tapes and the differences between 8-tracks and cassettes. He was further cheered when I told him that you can still find cassettes every so often. (He’s a yard sale maniac, so he’ll be finding new music all summer, I’m sure!)
Anyhow, we’re now sitting here watching Pete’s Dragon and I think it’s driving him crazy because what he wants to be doing is playing with his new toy.
Yep. I’m still Aunt Awesome!