Peekaboo, awesome readers. I see you!
Do you know what a Tamagotchi is?
Let’s stop right here so that I can explain it for you young‘uns.
But first let me look it up so that I don’t get the facts wrong…
Okay I’m back.
The internet describes the Tamagotchi as a handheld digital pet and since a picture is worth a thousand words…
I know about this toy because my daughter had one and OMG if she forgot to feed it, asteroids would plummet from the sky and end the world as we knew it for at least part of an afternoon. It was traumatizing for everyone.
The reason I’m bringing this up is because same said daughter and her boyfriend bought me an Apple Watch for Christmas except that I can’t call it an Apple Watch because saying that I have an Apple Watch sounds… I don’t know, pretentious. The same way saying I just laid on the couch and ate bonbons all day sounds pretentious.
And so I’ve decided to call my Apple Watch my Tamagucci. In my mind, it sounds less pretentious than calling it my Apple Watch and slightly classier than calling it my Tamagotchi. Don’t believe me?
Recently my someone and I were late for an appointment because I had spent 25 unplanned minutes tearing up the house looking for my phone and then another 10 minutes trying to untangle my shoelaces and when we were finally sitting in the car and backing out of the driveway, I blurted out, “Wait! I forgot to put on my Tamagucci!”
Sure. I could have said, “Excuse me, darling, but you must stop the car this instant because my wrist is devoid of my Apple Watch.”
But my someone would have been like, “WHO ARE YOU???”
So, yes. Saying it my way (Wait! I forgot to put on my Tamagucci!) caused no reason to question who I am or what I needed to do, which was run into the house to get my Tamagucci.
Now to be honest, I still haven’t figured out everything my Tamagucci does (although I do know that I don’t have to feed it) but one of the features I love about it is that you can style it up to look and act like your spirit animal.
And now, thanks to my Tamagucci, I get to wear my spirit animal on my sleeve. Which is way better than wearing my heart on my sleeve because that just makes me vulnerable and easily hurt.
So here you go! Say hello to my spirit animal because now everyone can see her, not just me!
Mona Andrei is an award-winning humour blogger and author known for her entertaining perspective on life’s quirks. In her most recent book, SUPERWOMAN: A Funny and Reflective Look at Single Motherhood, she shares a personal journey filled with challenges and triumphs, intertwining stories and insights from single mothers around the globe.
When Mona isn’t writing, ten times out of nine, you’ll find her practicing her dance moves. As a member of a competitive hip hop team, she likes to think that she’ll stay young and cool forever. She may be delusional.