~ Pondering over my old Westinghouse Transistor Radio ~

Back in the 1970’s I had a Transistor Radio made by Westinghouse. It came with a black leather case and a single ear bud for listening in private. I can remember putting the little radio underneath my pillow and listening to the latest tunes being played, while falling asleep.


These were wonderful days growing up listening to the rock bands and watching them flip their long hair while playing the instruments at a concert. I was born into a Mexican heritage and loved listening to Santana play. It was magical listening to the cords that would flow from their fingers off the strings of the guitar. You’d be almost transported on the same high musically that they were on at the time. I still call them my favorite to this day.

I often pondered over about my little silver transistor radio from time to time, until a certain day wondering what was inside this little magical box that brought all of the great songs of the seventies, got the better of me. I remove the back cover, placing the tiny screws on a saucer to get a look inside at the complex, yet simple world of electronics. That day was the beginning of something I would carry with me through out my lifetime, but I would not know this until much later in life.

How many of us just turn on a light switch or use a phone without any thought to how all of this is possible? Do we ask a simple question, “How does this work?”

Or, do we just walk into the room and not care how the electricity works when flipping up the little switch lighting up the room we’re in. I suppose I ponder way too much and for too long on certain everyday things in my life. But, it fuels me to understand, and ask the simple questions to find enlightenment. Some folks might roll their eyes and wonder why I ask such ridiculous questions.  I’ve also done this in situations with friends, family and acquaintances and this is where understanding my journey that day with the transistor radio comes into light.

If, someones not feeling up to par I can always see it, either from their speech patterns, or simply by the way their eyes gaze off as if I’m not there. Body language is I feel words left unspoken, but they speak very loudly if you’re open to hearing them through your eyes…

These things I ponder about has brought me to a calmer state in my life. By, not getting so stressed over the little things like a friend acting strangely, which might leave me wondering if I upset them in any way.. So, take delight in the simple things and the bigger things in life might not go undetected by our eyes.

We can never see or hear all, but we can get glimpses that we would never want to miss out on. I try each day to see the world as if I were a child, because through the eyes of children everything is so new to them. It’s a Magical Experience like opening up that transistor radio back in the seventies…