In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Out of Your Reach.”
Was there a toy or thing you always wanted as a child, during the holidays or on your birthday, but never received? Tell us about it.
While I’m sure there were a lot of toys I wanted when I was really little, I don’t remember them. I had a lot of toys growing up, so I’m sure the ones I really wanted, I got.
What I do remember desperately wanting and constantly being told “absolutely not!” was a PlayStation. All my friends had them and I wasn’t allowed. My mum believed they were a waste of time and if I got one, I’d never get off it. She was probably right, but it didn’t mean I didn’t feel hard done by. Why could all my friends have one and not me?
I tried pleading with her, sucking up to her, doing extra chores. Nothing worked. I even decided to do a school project on the history of the PlayStation…I don’t even know why I thought this might sway her stone-cold resolve. This went on for years. It wasn’t that mum was totally opposed to video games, as we had several for the computer, all of which she’d bought for us at one point or another. I guess she just thought we spent enough time on the computer as it was playing them, that we didn’t need another gadget to kill time on.
We didn’t get a PlayStation until I was working, and I had to pay for it myself. After years of wanting it, I scrimped and saved as much as I could, and finally got one. By that stage, though, all my friends who’d had them for years had started outgrowing them, and the machine didn’t get as much usage as you’d expect.
I guess I’m just more of a PC gamer. I don’t know whether that’s because that’s what I grew up with, or because I find they are easier to use, but even now, after buying another console a couple of years ago, don’t get very much use out of them. The only real time they get turned on is when friends are over, and even then it doesn’t happen much.
I guess it’s like the old saying goes – “you only want what you can’t have”. I only wanted it because I didn’t have it, and once I finally had it, it lost it’s appeal. Lesson learnt!