You have sat by my side through the most pivotal years of my life. Always there, always dependable. Keeping me on track, getting me through. Providing illumination and entertainment. Capturing magical moments.
You have traveled with me. To my college dorm rooms and apartments. To my clinicals in Florida and Virginia. You were by my side when I moved to Ohio and were content to come back to New York.
When I am away, I miss you terribly.
The years have been kind to you. Of course, there is always something new on the horizon. But that is not what I want. I want you faithfully by my side. You've aged well. I like to think we've grown up together. Perhaps you are no longer the most stylish out there, but you are very good at your job. I appreciate all of the hard work you've put in over the years.
I've noticed that you've been struggling. I've pretended it wasn't happening, but that didn't stop it from becoming evident. I didn't want to admit that we, no, you were not strong enough to pull through this time.
I have used you ever day and you asked for nothing in return. Always reliable and steadfast. A constant in this ever changing world.
I know nothing lasts forever, but I had really hoped you would. I wish I could say that I will never be able to replace you, but I know I am not that disciplined. But I can guarantee that I will never be as fond of your replacement as I am of you.
Good-bye clock radio (with cassette player). I will miss you.