1. A small timepiece worn typically on a strap on one’s wrist. – Oxford Dictionaries1
2. I still have one of these, I just keep it in my pocket now and call it an iPhone.
– The Nut
One of the great loves of my young life was a watch.
A big, chunky eyesore of a Timex digital watch to be exact, tinted in the questionable color combination of dusty mauve and charcoal grey, and whose original matching rubber strap I swapped out for a black Velcro wristband with neon green vines embroidered on it almost immediately after purchase.
I was a kid, I didn’t know any better.
I loved my hideous monstrosity of a watch. I loved its light-up screen; its ear-piercing SO HELP ME I WILL BEEP YOU INTO THE NEXT GODDAMN CENTURY alarm; its numerous complex timer modes I had no earthly use for. The satisfying riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiip of protest the Velcro wristband made whenever I went to take it off.
Which was, of course, never by choice. When you’re a child and your favorite accessory is water-resistant to 100m, you WILL eat, sleep, and bathe with it on unless explicitly instructed otherwise.
The Viney Purple Timex Of Doom came off my wrist only for special occasions that required me to wear a dress, and even then we were not so easily parted. Into a small beaded purse went the watch, nestled next to my Dr Pepper Lip Smacker2, to be kept close by and as safe as possible until it was allowed back onto my arm where it rightly belonged.
That watch saw me through enough summers that it took me several years and multiple loofahs just to get the tan lines to even think about fading when I finally developed enough fashion sense to stop wearing the thing. And I had kept the strap consistently secured to such a corsetlike degree that even to this day my left wrist is half an inch smaller than my right. Tightlacing FTW?
In retrospect, I probably had a closer relationship with that watch than I did with any living human being until Nutty Hubby came along.
Which makes me feel all the more guilty that I have no idea what actually became of the thing.
I mean, after all we’d been through together, the least I could’ve done was give it a proper goodbye.
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1 “watch.” OxfordDictionaries.com. Oxford Dictionaries, 2016. Web. 27 April 2016.
2 Also known as the greatest Lip Smacker of all time. Bless you, Bonne Bell. Bless you, Dr Pepper. Truly did Heaven itself smile upon your union.