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Your real family (Friday Fictioneers)

July 29, 2021

It is the first thing you see. Not your mother’s face, not your doctor. The Device.

You are confronted with The Device everywhere you roll.

You speak to it in gargling breath. You touch it with grasping hands.

You hear sounds from it. Bright moving colors they tell you are your family but you cannot understand. How can you understand. You cannot see lips move. Always hidden are they behind The Device.

As you grow The Device takes pride of place in front of your face.

It is your mother, your guide, peer and judgement. Justice and crime in one.

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  1. Could be sci-fi. Could be allegory. Of course, it could be both. Nicely done, Laurie

  2. Great take, Laurie!

  3. Dear Laurie,

    This sounds all too true. Good one.



  4. Ain Starlingsson permalink

    Truth spoken there..

  5. Wow, that’s brilliant. We don’t need faces any more, a rectangle with a camera hole is enough.

  6. Lost without the phone must be hell.

  7. I have also seen tourists who view everything through a device. Me, I like to look.

    • Oh me too! The camera of the mind rather than losing the magic by trying to find the perfect angle. And food pictures ? What have we become!

  8. People might read this in years to come and marvel at your foresight! So often today’s fantasy becomes tomorrow’s reality.

    Here’s mine!

  9. Excellent! I love the sci-fi feel, but it is all too close to truth as well. A child’s life documented from the time they are born. What does it do to a child’s psyche when they grow up in front of a black (silver) screen? So well done, Laurie!

    • Thank you so much Brenda!
      It is very much a possible futuristic fear. But also perhaps a scifi that is already happening?

  10. The Device is menacing by name alone. Imagining a baby that cannot see its parents smiling face or feel its warm hugs is destined to be like the baby monkeys in the cloth mother vs. monster mother experiments. We’re heading to a scary place and I hope I’m long gone before we get there.

    • Yes, this exactly. Imagine that it is all you see each time you hear cooing parents or grandparents… who or what do you associate with love and family?

  11. This sounds very much like the direction we are heading in or something like it

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