Another Christmas has been and gone and as is the growing tradition, all the pressies we buy for our kids now seem to come with batteries or chargers. Well, whatever happened to wind-up mechanics? I bought my daughter a traditional musical jewellery box. You know the type…where the ballerina pops up and spins round to music when you open the lid. It doesn’t require electricity. It just needs winding up at the back and she thinks it’s lovely.
And remember the wind-up robots? The climbing monkey? The wind-up toy cars? And those wind-up chattering teeth – oh gosh…remember those? Classic vintage stuff.
We used to manage perfectly with wind-up alarm clocks, wind-up watches, wind-up toys – didn’t we? All very much more environmentally friendly. Now we have all-singing, all-dancing radio alarms to wake us, flashy quartz watches to keep us on time, computerised toys to comatose our brains and gazillions more electronic gadgets that rely on electricity and drain our depleting resources.
Perhaps I should start my very own Campaign for Clockwork. Or I could call it Put the Clockwork Back into Christmas. Tee hee! Who’s in with me?
I know. It won’t catch on. Try taking back my little girl’s pink Nintendo-DS or my son’s Playstation. Or try prising the iPod from my eldest daughter’s fingers! Come to think of it…try taking my computer off me!!
But let us remind ourselves – we’re running out of time. Tick, tock…