I remember about seven years ago when I was still in the public schools getting ready to play a record for the children on the first day of school. I pulled the record out of its sleeve and was about to position  it on the record player when one boy said to another "That is the biggest CD I ever saw!"

Having used records for over twenty-five years, it never dawned on me that a child might not ever have seen a record before. When I came to my new school, I searched in vain for a used record player but to no avail. They are as obsolete as the dinosaur now. I have seen a few in department stores that retail around one hundred dollars but as a kindergarten teacher, I didn't have those kinds of funds to invest. My large collection of old records sits at home gathering dust. Ah, progress!

36 comments

  1. Terri // March 11, 2010 at 10:50 AM  

    That is cute! My hubby has a collection and one day my daughter saw them and said the same thing!!! "Those are huge CD's". I guess we are turning into antiques! Have a wonderful Thursday!

  2. Andrea // March 11, 2010 at 11:16 AM  

    You and my hubby are kindred spirits...we have the turntable set up and he plays his 33's and 78's. Our kids and grandbaby love it.
    Hugs, andrea

  3. mie // March 11, 2010 at 11:28 AM  

    Is that also called a phono player or is that different? I remember my aunt had it but it doesn't work anymore, sad though that it doesn't it could already be an antique compared to the technologies now.

  4. Choices // March 11, 2010 at 11:39 AM  

    Great post! To the kids of today, records and record players are considered ancient. My husband still has his collection of albums and cannot part with them. I gave mine away a long time ago.

  5. Karen Blados // March 11, 2010 at 12:12 PM  

    LOL!

    I still remember the day one of the punks asked me what I was talking about when I told them they "sounded like a broken record". Luckily, I still had my stereo/tape/record player from high school and we could show them a record. My son said the same thing about it being a big CD!

  6. Life Is A SandCastle // March 11, 2010 at 1:36 PM  

    My mother purchased a large record player at the good will, wooden cabinet, speakers on each side, it's about six foot long at $10.00. She loves it. Found my grandmother a table top one too $5.00.
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  7. VKT // March 11, 2010 at 1:43 PM  

    Terri,

    If you are an antique, I must be a fossil!

  8. VKT // March 11, 2010 at 1:44 PM  

    I have such great records Andrea....must wonderful kid songs....sigh

  9. Barbra Stephens // March 11, 2010 at 1:57 PM  

    Most of my records now are CD's...I worked so hard on collecting those kids records! I even was a master at finding the songs with the needle during circle time...talk about a DJ!
    Couldn't sing a lick though-just call me 'DJ Tone Deaf'.
    I knew I was getting old when the my kids asked me if I was ever chased home by a dinosaur....
    sigh.
    Sign of the times...

  10. VKT // March 11, 2010 at 2:02 PM  

    It is the same thing Mie! Thanks for sharing.

  11. VKT // March 11, 2010 at 2:40 PM  

    I can't bring myself to get rid of mine Choices...I keep saying I am going to transfer them to CD.....thats what I have been saying for the last three years anyway....

  12. VKT // March 11, 2010 at 2:42 PM  

    Lol Karen. I never thought of that phrase being out of touch for today's youth. Thanks for sharing...sheesh...I feel OLD!

  13. VKT // March 11, 2010 at 2:43 PM  

    Barbara,

    That is too funny! Good for you for making time to transfer yours to CD. I need to get motivated to do that too!

  14. VKT // March 11, 2010 at 2:44 PM  

    Wow Life's A Sandcastle! What a deal!!! I wish I could stumble on a deal like that!

  15. Theresa Milstein // March 11, 2010 at 4:55 PM  

    Compare with a CD, records are pretty big! Too funny.

    That's why I worry about Amazon's Kindle. Who wants their books to become obsolete?

  16. VKT // March 11, 2010 at 6:39 PM  

    Good point Theresa!

  17. Ms Bibi // March 11, 2010 at 6:47 PM  

    My best friends husband loves to play records. He must have hundreds in perfect condition. I love to go over when he does. my hubs even gifted him his old records.

  18. halpey1 // March 11, 2010 at 7:33 PM  

    I read a story with a record player in it... the kids had no clue what it was... I had to bring one in to show them... they were amazed.

  19. Genny // March 11, 2010 at 8:31 PM  

    We STILL have a record player (it's a CD player, record player, radio combined). We've kept it simply because my son is so fascinated with it. We only have a handful of records from when I was a kid, and they have plenty of scratches, but he still likes them!

  20. veterankindergartenteacher // March 11, 2010 at 8:35 PM  

    I have a great collection myself Ms Bibi. I wish I could find an old record player so I could use it in my classroom.

  21. VKT // March 11, 2010 at 8:36 PM  

    halpey1,

    I wish I had a record player now. Lucky you to have one to bring in. I had so many as a kid and wish I had kept one of them.

  22. VKT // March 11, 2010 at 8:37 PM  

    Genny,

    You smart lady you! I have tons of records....I should send you some. How old is your son?

  23. Debbie(single;complicated) // March 11, 2010 at 9:34 PM  

    so true..some of my best memories as a child were listening to books ON RECORD!!:)..now kids think tapes are unusual...!

  24. VKT // March 11, 2010 at 9:41 PM  

    Lol Debbie...isn't that the truth!

  25. Crystal // March 11, 2010 at 10:16 PM  

    Oh - that so reminds me - I am a dialysis nurse nad one of my patients in in his 80's and lives a very simple life. One of the nurses had copied a gospel cd for some of the others and wanted to offer him one - He is VERY hard of hearing so she had to yell. "Do you have a cd player!?" Well after a good 5 minutes of yelling he decided that he didn't know what one was - so she asked him about a tape player in the same manner, but he still wasn't understanding - I had her ask about a record player - when she finally got across what she was asking - he said "Yeah seems like I had one - it is probably out in the barn." I wish I lived this simply at times.

  26. VKT // March 12, 2010 at 7:00 AM  

    What a sweet story Crystal! Thanks so much for sharing. I wish the same thing at times.

  27. Rita // March 12, 2010 at 8:30 AM  

    We dinosaurs forget that the younger ones don't know about records! Ha! My husband and I have a "bunch" of records, but no longer have a turntable to play them on. Sad! I love your blog! Welcome to blogging and thanks for stopping by mine.

  28. Joyfull // March 12, 2010 at 9:14 AM  

    Wow. I also wish I had a record player for the records that are still put up collecting dust! Thanks for visiting my blog. Hope you have a great weekend!

  29. Meg // March 12, 2010 at 9:21 AM  

    That is too funny! Kids these days...lol.

    Thank you for your comments! I really really appreciate your advice!

    Meg

  30. VKT // March 12, 2010 at 10:08 AM  

    Meg,

    And I appreciate your comments on my blog. Have a great day sweet lady!

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  32. VKT // March 12, 2010 at 9:49 PM  

    Thanks Melissa! Have a great week-end!

  33. Frugal Vicki // March 12, 2010 at 10:39 PM  

    This is too cute! My kids were actually being super quiet and giggly the other day and I knew they were getting up to something, but I want them to bond. However, soon after they came running out with black streaks behind them. They had pulled the tape out of a cassette. I told them they weren't supposed to do that, but I couldn't help but laugh silently. It looked like so much fun!

  34. VKT // March 12, 2010 at 11:43 PM  

    Lol Vicki! Your kids had to investigate exactly how it worked...too funny!

  35. Beth Chapman // March 13, 2010 at 10:12 PM  

    oh how I miss my 45's. I still call CDs albums. There's someting nostalgic about hearing a verse get stuck on a vinyl scratch. I once stood before a junior college class to teach and realized that my college credits were older than they were. Ouch! I cannot imagine the clash of worlds with kindergarten kids!

  36. VKT // March 13, 2010 at 11:50 PM  

    Lol Beth,

    Take it from this dinosaur...you don't want to know!