I suppose our vacuum cleaner is about thirty years old. There was a time when I was reluctant to invest in a packet of five dust bags as I was sure the vacuum cleaner was about to pack it in. The chapp in the shop where I buy the bags assured me I could bring them back if it failed. Its brand is Volta, which I think is owned by Electrolux, but who owns Electrolux? General Electric? Hoover?
The Electrolux headquarters used to be located at the corner of Alexandra Avenue and Chapel Street but on the site are now smart apartments. I remember the real estate agent who sold our house in Balaclava lived in those apartments at the time. He heard a ruckass one night and from his balcony he saw lads jump into the river. He did not see them drown but they did, after being chased to the river bank by some fellow night club patrons.
I affectionately christened our vacuum cleaner as The Revolta. Gee it has served us well. We had to replace its foot, the thing at the end of the tube once, but otherwise, it has never gone wrong. It is old and shabby now, rather like us, but it still performs.
In its time it has vacuumed up bits of concrete and dust, dirt of all descriptions, wood shavings, in fact just about everything imaginable. When we had two dogs and two cats and I used it daily to vacuum up pet hair, I cleaned its filters often as it would blow out pet smells into the house.
Now it does a weekly vacuum, if it is lucky and I can be bothered, and picks up sock fluff and maybe a crumb or two from a biscuit.
You could describe it as semi retired. It had a busy life. There was always something new for it to pick up, new house corners to investigate, sometimes really hard work when we were doing full on house renovations, like knocking down a solid brick wall. It has dealt with new carpet fluff from perhaps five different new carpets. Even here, when we moved here, the little trodden on carpet was still fluffing badly.
The Revolta has vacuumed up the detritus of our lives and still does. I think it must have also sucked up a bit of our moods at times, but of course it did not keep them as the bag was thrown away.
But you know, it still works as well as the day we bought it. It is a fully functioning. Nothing tells me that it could not last another thirty years. Somewhat maudlin, but I hope I am around to keep it in use.