Flash Fiction #195



If I could just get them to shut up for a minute, I could think.

Input, input, input! The living room had begun to resemble the NYSE trading floor – everyone talking – nobody listening. I don’t know how those guys do it – a phone in each ear, and a hundred people screaming. Screw multi-tasking, I lose my place reading a book if the dog barks, outside.

The wife has an opinion. The daughter has an opinion. The son has a different opinion. All I suggested was going camping this weekend.

I’ll just lock myself in the den – and soundproof the door.


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22 thoughts on “Flash Fiction #195

  1. James McEwan says:

    I liked the humour I found in this. Information overload can be self inflicted – just watch the people so addicted to their phones, it is as if they might miss something.What?
    However you have raised a great point about finding peace in an overcrowed information age. Perhaps your proposed camping site didn’t have Internet access.
    Great point.


    • Archon's Den says:

      I was aghast last year to discover a product like a small, short barbecue on three legs. Build a fire within it and a heat pump produces electricity – which runs a fan – which makes the fire burn hotter – which produces even more electricity to power USB ports to recharge cell phones and tablets.
      Local Mennonites use horse and wagons, but their buggies are full of the blue glow of electronic devices. Is God on Facebook? 🙄

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  2. Rivergirl says:

    My opinion is you listen to the wife…


  3. ladyryl says:

    You know mom and Brother are “a cabin by the lake” people dad… I’m the only one that would consider camping… LOL


  4. I can so relate to this!

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos


  5. bearmkwa says:

    I can imagine it. About like the chaos at social hour.


  6. Dear Archon,

    Quite the family dynamic there. I’d be looking for an escape plan.




  7. lisarey1990 says:

    The politics of the family home. The poor spouse/parent but I’m sure all will work out in the end. Great write.


  8. Dale says:

    So much easier when the kids didn’t have a voice (that reduced the noise level a tad). I’m with him, I’m hiding away somewhere else!


  9. Abhijit Ray says:

    Yes background noise can be nerve wracking sometime.


  10. msjadeli says:

    Tuning out is acceptable as respite. Enjoy your time away from the chaos.


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