The Tamagotchi Mug
Claire Miles - March 31, 2020


By Greta Zwaan

I sought for joy in peace, and rest to ease my weary mind,
Stressed out by such a heavy load, rest I just had to find.
My endurance could hold no more, my limits had been met,
I needed time to stand aside, sweet time to just forget.

But where to find the road to peace, an obscure trait to me;
My hectic lifestyle can't comprehend a way to set time free.
I've always rushed from A to B with no side glace allowed,
I had my life so well controlled; in truth, I felt quite proud.

No one could tell me what to do, I was a self-made man;
My schedules were controlled by me, I had a thorough plan.
'Twas good when all things went my way and no one interfered;
I had no one to answer to, my way was always cleared.

But years of this brought me no joy, though fortunes I'd amassed;
It seemed that all the things I owned would oh, so soon be past.
I had no friends that knew my plight, I kept myself at bay,
They all had troubles of their own; besides, what could they say?

They envied me with all my wealth, they never saw my pain,
I had life altogether, what more was there to gain?
But loneliness is terrible and emptiness is sad,
There seems no purpose for each day, no reason to be glad.

So now I wait; why? I don't know, but life for me must change.
There must be more than fortunes, a way to rearrange.
There has to be a purpose, and someone surely knows,
Why life is complicated, and days so full of woes.

Perhaps you have the answer, perhaps you know the route,
Perhaps you've traveled here before; if so, please help me out.
If need be, I'll be patient, I'll even take advice;
I'll gladly make the changes, no matter what the price.

I don't need independence, I've had my round of that;
I long for understanding, to know just where I'm at.
Someday I hope to thank you because you saw my need,
Perhaps with greater meaning, with purpose, not with greed.

I don't know how I got here, what lies ahead of me,
I'm grateful there'll be changes, I'm grateful to be free.

For most of us, our very first pet was a Tamagotchi. It was the first thing we really felt a responsibility towards and was also the last thing other than ourselves that we actually fed at this point.  This toy was the ultimate pet of the ‘90s. 


We didn’t just feed them, but we also made sure they got a good night’s sleep and even woke up together with them if they cried (made noise) in the middle of the night. We clearly all gave up on them too fast, and hopefully learned a valuable lesson for when reality hits, if you catch our drift… and if you already have a pet, well then we hope you’re treating it better already. 


But now as we deal with the struggles of adulting, it’s always fun to enjoy a moment of nostalgia and look back at that epic time in our lives. And if those feelings of love and appreciation for your Tamagotchi remain? Well, then we have exciting news for you…


Barnes & Noble now has a Tamagotchi mug available for purchase! And while it’s not quite as interactive as the ‘90s toy, it still does change color with heat.  We’ll take two, please! 


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