Cosmic Flame (cosmicflame) wrote,
Cosmic Flame

  • Location:
  • Mood:
  • Music:

Silent Night...

Today has been a mixed day, of ups and major downs.

Our story starts six hundred and thirty six days ago.

Actually, the story starts a long time before that. When I was a lot younger, and going through an electonics phase, Grandad sent me a screwdriver with a built in wire-strimmer. I was really pleased, 'cos it was the first tool that belonged to me and me alone. Over the years, as I used it more and more, it took on a special meaning for me. It was *my* screwdriver. I treasured it, and still do.

On Monday the 7th of March, 2005, Grandad died. Claire posted about it, but I couldn't find any words. Nor could I find any tears. No matter how much I wanted to, I just couldn't cry. Grandad asked for nobody to go to his funeral (Mum, Dad and Aunty Sally (his other daughter) went anyway, as was only right), so I didn't really get to say goodbye. I hadn't seen him for a couple of years either. Life went on. I continued to use my screwdriver, only now it had taken on a somewhat greater significance.

Fast forward to today. Yesterday, technically, but it doesn't count as tomorrow until you've slept. While trying to unscrew a plate on the bottom of our new recording studio in an attempt to install the CD-RW drive, Claire broke my screwdriver. Just the end, the blade if you will. And not even the whole thing. But I can't use it until Mum's found someone who can reshape the end.

This afternoon, I cried my eyes out. Not for my screwdriver, but for Grandad.

In the morning, I'd gone to Tescos with Mum, and found my eyes pulled towards the digital cameras section. I found a nice one, but new that I really shouldn't. After the screwdriver incident, I decided that the best way to avoid crying all evening was to spend some cash on a new toy. I'm now the proud owner of a Fujifilm Finepix A600. It's a 6.3 Mpixel camera, with a nice big (2.4") screen and 3x optical and digital zoom. Also, as I wanted to be able to take more than about 10 photos, I bought a 512 MB xD card. I'll get a 1 GB one from Amazon after Christmas, and maybe pick up a 512 MB MMC card for my phone while I'm at it. Oh, and I got a nice little case for it as well.

Mum and Dad were somewhat horrified at the thought of my impulse-buying a camera just like that, but I think that I've convinced them of it's worth now. Oh, and I had just got my first paycheck, so I felt like I deserved a treat ^_^.

So, I'd like to share a family photo. Probably the first one with all of us in it for years.

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
(resized muchly by photobucket!)

Oh, and this evening we played with the studio a bit. That was fun, I guess. I also somehow got suckered into writing some DOS Batch files for Dad. As you do.

Tags: camera, camera case, claire, colchester grandad, death, family, family photo, grandad, memory card, paycheck, screwdriver, studio, treat
  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.