Last time, I wrote about revisiting the past, going back to the home I loved so much and recalling the memories of leaving that home and what happened in the years that followed. When I was a kid, Dad was almost obsessive about open doors. If there was an emergency, he reasoned, he could get to us and, if necessary, get us out of the house.
That explains the small fortune he spent on fire alarms.
Anyway, I used to fall asleep at night with the light on, listening to the radio. I listened to AM radio back then--KXOK. The radio host at night was known as Johnny Rabbitt. I never knew if that was his real name or not, but I listened to his show until I fell asleep. Mom would come in before she and Dad went to bed and turn the radio and the light off.
That was the mid- to late sixties, mind you.
In recent years, I started listening to the radio at night again. Collin and I got each other Amazon Echo Dots for Christmas year before last. One of the features of the Echo Dot is that it can play radio stations, not just local but from around the world. Collin discovered that another AM station, KMOX, runs old radio shows from the thirties and forties on Saturday nights, so I decided to check it out.
The old radio shows air from 1:00am to...I'm not sure when. Anyway, one night I instructed Alexa to play KMOX. I couldn't believe what I got--Johnny Rabbitt, still playing music from the fifties and sixties! At first, I thought it was someone else, using the same name--but when I checked it out, I found this was indeed the same Johnny Rabbitt I listened to all those years ago.
So every Saturday night, I have a short trip back to those days, falling asleep listening to that voice, those songs from a past I still miss after all these years.
Do any of you ever feel a yearning to revisit the past?