Someone in our extended family gave my son a watch last Christmas. There were lots of kids and lots of presents at my sister-in-law's place, and somehow we immediately lost the little instruction sheet for the watch. The watch is kind of high-tech -- a very cool gift for a child my son's age -- but it doesn't have the simple markings that would tell us the make or model of the thing. So we haven't been able to set it properly.
The watch has been with us almost half a year now. A few times a day it beeps, loudly and repeatedly. If you try pressing buttons randomly, sometimes the beeping will stop for a few seconds -- and then start up again. Eventually the beeping ceases. Then, a few hours later, it beeps again, for a while.
It used to live on our kitchen table, for some reason. In the great migration of all things, it now sits next to my computer.
Whoever gave my son the watch is beloved to us, and we have never even broached the possibility of getting rid of it. The beeping isn't that terrible; you kind of get used to it after a while. And you know that the beeping will stop eventually, if you just leave the thing alone.
Okay, watch. I've got my battery. You've got yours. Let's both try to keep ticking for as long as possible.
May 25th, 2007