While I certainly love to be a part of the Cherished Blogfest, the biggest challenge for me is to pick that one particular thing that I cherish the most. Most people divide history into B.C. and A.D., for me on a personal level my life history is divided into W.P (With Parents) and A.P. (After Parents). For me, life before 1994-95 was completely different and then everything changed drastically when my parents passed away. I’m not trying to gain an emotional mileage here, but gradually you’ll see my point. I completely understand that all people have to go through this life cycle, so let me quickly jump out of this on to the actual topic.
The reason I started this way is because last time at the Cherished Blogfest I talked about my wrist watch that my mother gifted me, so that was in the W.P. (with parents) time. This time, I am talking about my first ever Ray-Ban sunglasses that falls in the A.P. (after parents) era. Now, you must be thinking what’s so special about these particular Ray-Ban sunglasses? Are they a collectors’ series? Were they worn by some celebrity? Well, there’s nothing special about these Ray-Ban sunglasses, except that these sunglasses were my first Ray-Ban aviators I bought from my salary savings. I’m sure many of you have products that you bought from your first salary or something like that, so by now you know the feeling.
Not many people know that I am crazy and possessive about sunglasses, especially Ray-Ban aviators. I first fell in love with aviators when I saw Tom Cruise wearing it in Top Gun. During my college days, I used to work at various restaurants but the salary was way too low for me to buy a Ray-Ban. So, I used to buy knockoffs that would satisfy my passion for having sunglasses and would go easy on my low-income budget. I had a knockoff version of the Terminator 2-style sunglasses and I would wear them and recite those iconic lines “Hasta la vista Baby” or “I’ll be back‘. However, when I graduated I moved on to call center jobs working night shifts. The pay was better than what I earned at the restaurants, but still not good enough to buy me a Ray-Ban. A major chunk of my salary would go into paying utility bills, buying regular household products and other miscellaneous expenses. You know how these minor expenses eventually pile up and suck up a large portion of the income.
One fine day while I was strolling around the city with my friends, I happen to see these particular Ray-Ban sunglasses in the store and I knew it then and there that I wanted it. However, they were too expensive for my minuscule budget. I could have loaned the money from my friends, but I thought it would be wrong to borrow money for a luxury item. So, I started saving a part of my salary every month. It took me around 2-3 months to reach my goal, but I eventually bought it.
While it just looks like an ordinary Ray-Ban aviator, it’s special to me because I waited more than five years to buy my first Ray-Ban sunglasses. It was a long wait, but the sense of joy I had on that day is hard to explain in words. I really cherish these Ray-Ban sunglasses and they are with me since I bought them in 2005.
Hope you liked the story. It’s simple, but that’s how my life is.