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radio's private conversations

We have a stool in the kitchen, and on the stool a boom box sits. We have it there for its radio. (It used to also play CDs and cassettes, but no longer). Here is an illustration.

The radio is often on--we listen to the news or to music; we have it for background noise and companionship. If the phone (which sits above the boom box on the kitchen counter) rings, I usually turn the radio off to answer, but sometimes I just turn it way down.

Then, sometimes, later, I'll become aware of the radio talking quietly to itself, like a small child absorbed in an imaginary game. In its small voice it's making the Syrian refugee talk to the BBC reporter, or it's having the author talk to the interviewer about her process for writing her recent novel, or sometimes it's singing to itself.

"What are you talking about?" I ask, and turn it up, and then it eagerly explains.


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Aug. 31st, 2016 12:42 am (UTC)
Heh! If you don't look right at it, it could be that small child!

Charming drawings. (I know just the corner!)
Aug. 31st, 2016 12:48 am (UTC)
Heh! If you don't look right at it, it could be that small child! Right? A be-spelled radio or a be-spelled child--or maybe shapeshifting is involved.

thanks! I was thinking as I sketched, we have this perfectly good stool and the only one who ever gets to sit on it is the radio. (I should draw the child on the stool!

Aug. 31st, 2016 01:42 am (UTC)
Nifty drawings, nifty imagery! :-)
Aug. 31st, 2016 02:07 am (UTC)
Thank you--the radio always seems so self-contained, happily talking away to itself... just like a little kid (though with little kids, they can stop being self-contained at any moment!
(no subject) - ericmarin - Aug. 31st, 2016 02:12 am (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 31st, 2016 01:44 am (UTC)
That's a sweet tale! I bet the radio considers you its best friend.
Aug. 31st, 2016 02:10 am (UTC)
I'm happy to be its good friend! It's certainly been one to me over the years!
Aug. 31st, 2016 02:11 am (UTC)
Love the story and the pictures! Thank you.
Aug. 31st, 2016 12:28 pm (UTC)
My pleasure! (I've always liked that RCA dog)
Aug. 31st, 2016 02:12 am (UTC)
I liked this very much, words and pictures both - and I feel as if I know that gentle, undemanding, eager and always-giving child! :)
Aug. 31st, 2016 12:29 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you've had children like this in your life. I love getting to eavesdrop now and then on kids' private play!
Aug. 31st, 2016 03:09 am (UTC)
Wonderful post. Your drawings are super fine: full of character, and great economy - as good as it gets.
Aug. 31st, 2016 12:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I really love to draw; I used to do it a lot when I was younger.
Aug. 31st, 2016 10:37 am (UTC)
I also love your drawings.

Have you read the Margery Allingham short story about the woman whose beloved radio turned out, upon her death, to contain only a brick, no works?
Aug. 31st, 2016 12:33 pm (UTC)
I haven't! Maybe-possibly I've heard it on Selected Shorts? I have heard at least two Mysterious Radio stories on Selected Shorts.

I think I'd like it, though. I love the companionship of a radio, and they seem prone to magic, both in storytelling and in real life, and it sounds like this story features both.
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Aug. 31st, 2016 03:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It just suddenly struck me yesterday and I thought I'd draw my thought up.
Aug. 31st, 2016 02:43 pm (UTC)
Love :-)
Aug. 31st, 2016 03:31 pm (UTC)
^_^ Yay--glad!
Aug. 31st, 2016 02:49 pm (UTC)
"Here is an illustration..." Lol. Love it.
Aug. 31st, 2016 03:31 pm (UTC)
Haha--as I was drawing I was like, Oh yeah... perspective!
Aug. 31st, 2016 03:11 pm (UTC)
I like background noise like that, too, sometimes.
Aug. 31st, 2016 03:30 pm (UTC)
TBH it's more wakanomori's habit, but I've grown into it (though I'm still more likely to turn the radio off than he is).
(no subject) - queenoftheskies - Aug. 31st, 2016 03:34 pm (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 31st, 2016 07:42 pm (UTC)
Our radio was talking to itself last night. Liem came up and asked why it was on so loud, so I asked him to turn it down, and he turned it down so low that everyone forgot about it until much later in the evening when I was startled by soft applause when I started turning the lights out.
Sep. 1st, 2016 02:56 pm (UTC)
The radio really appreciated your lights-turning-out, clearly.
Sep. 1st, 2016 06:08 am (UTC)

Your doddles go beyond doodles. I haven't drawn anything since my mom died in feb. I wouldn't say I'm blocked; more like my left brained is overworked and my right brain is tired.

Sep. 1st, 2016 02:43 pm (UTC)
Grief puts a terrible damper on creativity, as does overwork. I am certain you will draw again, but I know how horribly barren it feels when the creative urge just isn't there. In time. Let the sunlight (or starlight) love you a little in the meantime.
Sep. 2nd, 2016 03:15 am (UTC)

I love that

Sep. 5th, 2016 01:05 pm (UTC)
Yay! I'm glad.
Sep. 3rd, 2016 06:55 am (UTC)
While I find radio or TV as background hard to take (it does not calm me, but asks for extra effort to try to tune it out constantly, hence making me tired), the drawings and the story amused me and I have returned to them more than once already as something that makes me smile!
Sep. 5th, 2016 01:08 pm (UTC)
I feel just like you about background television--my eye inevitably looks that way, and I find it oppressive. And radio is sometimes that way for me too, and I have to turn it off. But I guess I've gotten more used to the radio, in general.

I'm glad the story made you smile! And very glad it brought you back--that makes me really happy.
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