Friday Fictioneers – #so bored



Her dad told her to stop texting, but she couldn’t help it: “a bunch of old geezers playing old music, #so bored”. She didn’t know one of the old geezers had come to America from Sweden alone, at age 15, without speaking a word of English. One of them, at age 16, had lied about his age to join the Army so he could parachute into Normandy on June 6th, 1944. One of them, at age 19, had worked as a nanny for Queen Elizabeth. And still another robbed banks as a teenager, and had saved up the money he stole, some of which he finally used to buy his granddaughter a smartphone. 

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Friday Fictioneers: 100 word stories prompted by a picture that Rochelle Wisoff-Fields posts every Wednesday. Around 100 people participate, their stories and poems are brilliant; check them out here. Photo ©David Stewart.

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50 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – #so bored

  1. I was slightly concerned that I’d hate this when I read that first line, but I’m glad I carried on. 😉 It’s too easy to see others as being no more than what we see right here, right now, but we all have our secret histories…and you’ve conveyed that elegantly and with a real punch here. Great piece.

    • I agree, it’s way too easy to judge a book by its cover. I know I’ve been guilty of doing that and now I’m kicking myself for it (think of all the stories I’ve missed!)

      Thank you for such a lovely comment!

  2. When you really listen to you elders life seems to be much more exciting back then! I liked how simply adding a hash tag perfectly showed that she’s a teenager and doesn’t know better.

  3. I grieve when I think of the stories her grandchildren will hear, “We sat around staring at screens and wearing out our thumbs, and then we died.” My granddad came over alone, at 15, no English, so this resonated personally. Now I must dig and find out which of my ancestors was a bank robber. 😉

    • Well this is the second comment about that first line, so I think I will take it out.
      For the record (should anyone be reading these comments and wondering), the first line was “Omg, she was so bored.”
      I appreciate the comment, Paul! I like getting feedback that improves my writing 🙂 thank you!

  4. robbed banks as teenager, This sentence begs for an “a”

    I love this story. I often wonder about the lives of the elderly people I pass on my way to visit my 93 year old mother-in-law at the assisted living home. They look broken and tired now but probably have wonderful stories to tell. Thanks for reminding us of their importance.

    • Oh good catch, Alicia!! “A” added 🙂

      I wonder the same thing too. Everyone has a story, and there are certainly a lot of life stories out there that we could all learn from.

      Thank you for reading the story !!

  5. You summed up a “pop culture youth” very well!
    I have yet to understand this mentality.
    It reminds me of a famous poster which states: daddy, what did YOU do in the Great War?”
    If the question was modified to “what did YOU do when you were younger?”, for the vast majority, the answer would simply be: “took selfies and wore my thumbs out”.

  6. Wonderful story. Memories, condensed, always sound better than they actually are. Looking back at what my parents and grandparents told me about the WWII, losing everything, camps, hunger, disease, death… I’m really glad I didn’t have a life like that. BTW, I read when you already had taken the first line out, and I didn’t miss it at all.

  7. There’s an old man at lodge that no one wants to sit next to because he talks non-stop. I let him bend my ear for an hour at a time. I think he just needs someone to listen to him. Sometimes I even learn a thing or two. 🙂 I really liked this piece, Rachel. Very thought provoking.

  8. What a wonderful piece! As time goes on, there seems to be less and less stories told… I fear what today’s generation will look like in 50-60 years. A bunch of wrinkly old pierced and faded tattooed people with nothing to say!

  9. Good story, Rachel. Wow, a lot hidden behind those senior exteriors. We probably never really know our neighbors nearly as well as we think we do. Interesting and well done. 🙂 — Suzanne

  10. Dear Rachel,

    One of your best stories ever and one that could easily be enlarged to great effect. I think you should remember this one and keep it close to your heart. it will remain close to mine. Well done.

    Aloha,

    Doug

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