Today I join my fellow bloggers in "serving up a slice" to the Tuesday Slice of Life sponsored by Stacey and Ruth from Two Writing Teachers.
We took a walk last week with my daughter and son-in-law in the Olympic Sculpture Park. As we entered the park, I spied this sculpture on the side of the freeway and asked Sara and Will if they knew what it was. They thought it was a tool of some kind for the kitchen, but didn't know the purpose of such a tool. It seemed like the brush on the end made it perfect for the kitchen. When I was able to stifle my giggles, I explained the typewriter eraser to them, a tool that the students of my day would never be without, but is unrecognizable by my own children.
Thanks to black chick on tour blogger who allowed me to use her gorgeous image. Check out more sculptures from the park by clicking on the link to her photo tour blog post of the park.
This experience made me think about other things that have gone out of fashion like the pneumatic tubes at our Anthony's department store in my hometown. I loved the sound they made as the cash and receipt traveled to the main office and then whooshed back to the customer and sales person standing at the counter. It made for a few moments of pleasant conversation while you waited for the transaction to be completed.
How about adding machines and inventory taken with pencil and paper (and carbon paper)? I worked at Montgomery Wards department store in high school and during college. I spent days and weeks with the ten key reconciling inventory pages.
I recently had to explain transistor radios to my students. It was such a treasured possession for a teenager in my day, but made little sense to students who carry I-pods in their pockets. It makes me wonder what will be obsolete by the time my students grow up, and what common objects will they have to identify and explain to their children.