Special music box
Well first I couldn’t think of a treasured possession, but then I started thinking of a couple of things. One that sort of stuck with me was a music box that I had been given and that I still have. And it was given to me when I was ten years old, so that’s a really long time ago. I was ten years old and I had to have my tonsils out and I had to stay overnight in a place that was called a doctor’s hospital. It wasn’t a regular hospital–it was actually a hospital, but it was in a house. And my parents weren’t allowed to stay and it was the first time I had ever been without my parents. And also my throat hurt a lot, right? But my father had bought me this music box. And it was a music box with a picture of an English, sort of thatched-roof cottage on the top. And it was supposed to be a powder box and of course I didn’t use powder at ten years old, but you lifted the lid and it played Bali Hai. You may not know that song, but it’s from a very famous musical called South Pacific. And so during the night I kept waking up and I would just reach over and wind up the music box and it would play Bali Hai. Made me feel a lot better. And I still have the music box. And it was really unusual for my dad to buy anything. So the fact that he gave me that present was like, “oh, this is really great.”
Does it still play? Does it still play music?
It still plays. It does.