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Write about a new appliance in your house that had affected the household
 
It arrived in a nondescript-looking brown box, strangely out of place in our well-equipped and modern kitchen. We were all curious, wondering what could be in it. Our mother refused to open it until our father was home from work. According to her, it was a gift from our father and it should not be unveiled unless he was present. Itching with curiosity and almost crying out in frustration, my siblings and I spent our time sitting in front of the box and surreptitiously poking at it whenever our mother was not looking. The clock ticked away, so slowly it seemed, until it finally reached 5.45 p.m. We whooped with delight because our father was usually home by then. Almost immediately, the door opened and the long-awaited person walked in. He saw our eager faces and laughed.

"Well, let's open it, shall we?" Our father said with a glint in his eye. We swarmed around the box and proceeded to tear away the brown wrapping. Our eager efforts revealed a metal white box within a cardboard one with colorful pictures of cooked food pasted all over it. Our father then proudly explained that it was an oven that cooked food in the shortest time possible. All we had to do was to put the food in and hit some buttons for the delicious-looking dishes pictured on the box to materialize. We were overawed. How could a little box like that do all that? Our mother had to slave for hours over the stove before all that could be done. It was truly magic !

Pleased that he had our undivided attention, our father then proceeded to demonstrate the `magic' of the machine. He took out some pieces of raw meat from the refrigerator and poured some sauce over them. Putting them in a microwave-safe container, he placed it squarely on the turntable in the machine, closed the door shut and pressed a button. Fascinated by the confidence with which he did all that, we stood stock-still and waited with bated breath. The machine was amazingly silent, I thought. It was surely a wondrous machine. After a mere three minutes, our father took out the container and proudly laid
it on the table for all to see. In great eagerness, we clamored to be the first ones to get the first look.

Swimming in a sea of dark-colored gravy, the pieces of raw meat stared back defiantly at us. We could feel the air of anticipation disintegrating into palpable disappointment. Our father's face flushed crimson as he spluttered to explain away the inconvenient embarrassment. Suddenly, a hoot of laughter escaped our usually stoical mother. We turned to her, shocked to see her collapsing in hysterical giggles as she gestured at first towards our father and then the machine. One by one, the rest of us succumbed to the irony of the situation. The house rocked with our unrestrained laughter.

Some time later, we sat down and tried to decipher the technical jargon found on the instruction sheet. At the end of the valiant hour, we decided collectively that the machine was definitely not worth the grief that we were putting ourselves through. Our mother got up quietly and quickly lowered the machine into its box, taking care to close it securely. Then, our father took the box and stored it neatly into the furthest corner of the storeroom. There the box remained until we moved to a new house many years later.

At the new house, we gathered together and opened the box. As soon as the microwave oven came into sight, the memory of that day so many years ago came back to us. In no time at all, we were once again collapsing over each other in laughter. We decided there and then that the microwave oven would never be thrown away; it had too much sentimental value.

     
nondescript   ordinary
     
surreptitiously   secretly
     
bated   in great suspense
 
 

 

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