I happened upon a big box in the attic a few days ago and when I opened it I discovered a treasure trove of old kids VHS movies. Remember VHS tapes? I am still rather fond of that medium (don’t even get me started on how tired I am of handling our DVDs like they are made of the finest crystal). Remember having to tape a show, manually, if you wanted to watch it later? Was I also the only one who had to rent not just movies, but an actual VHS player to watch them? I remember trudging home on Friday nights from Sounds Easy in Provo with one of those big beauties under my arm.
I dug around in one of my closets yesterday until I found a VHS player. Despite being feeble at all things audio/video, I managed to get the player hooked up and popped in one of the movies that India and York loved to watch (P.B. Bear, if you must know. Kind of cute but has an annoying theme song that plays every five minutes.) My first clue that VHS movies are not so great after all: I had to REWIND the tape. Boy, I had forgotten all about that. Talk about boring.
And then the picture was all jiggly and fuzzy-looking. The kids didn’t notice, but then they don’t mind watching a movie on the 5 inch screen in the car either, so they are obviously not too picky.
All in all I just decided to look on ebay for the DVD versions of our old favorites. The VHS tapes will be going to Goodwill after all.
I’m sort of relieved that I don’t like VHS tapes as much as I thought I did. I was starting to sound like one of those annoying people who still won’t give up on records. (Records! Now that’s a trip down memory lane*. Everyone knows how much better tapes are than records. Duh!)
*The first record I owned was The Game by Queen. The last was The Queen is Dead by the Smiths. How about you?