Flash Fiction #220



The old man sat at his computer, longing for ‘The Good Old Days,’ knowing they weren’t really, what with polio, segregation and World Wars.

He tried to keep up, especially with the avalanche of technology – every month, new Smart Phones, tablets, readers, apps, games, Twitter, Facebook…. Sometimes progress could only be measured by how less quickly he was losing ground, running hard, just to stay in place.

He didn’t know how the young ones kept up. Some used methamphetamines. For the life of him, he couldn’t guess why. Surely their brains were already churning at the speed of light.


Click on Those Were The Days, if you’d like to hear Archie and Edith longing for the same nostalgia, then go to Rochelle’s Addicted to Purple site and use her Wednesday photo as a prompt to write a complete 100 word story

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11 thoughts on “Flash Fiction #220

  1. 1jaded1 says:

    I remember that my parents watched “All in the Family” without fail. Those were the days.


  2. I believe I have seen every All in the Family episode.


  3. James McEwan says:

    Yes I have to think about this: Why do the younger generation need to be everywhere at once?


  4. susanmehr says:

    ‘He tried to keep up, especially with the avalanche of technology’, loved this line. For me, that ship sailed a long time ago. I have just upgraded to an iPhone 6, and my cheek keeps hanging up on people.

    I enjoyed your sentiment.


  5. msjadeli says:

    It seems to be getting worse too. My kids and their partners used to keep the devices put away for the most part when we were together. More and more I look around and all of their faces are fixed on their phones 😦


  6. granonine says:

    Being a part of the “senior” generation, although on the youngish end of it, I can certainly identify.

    And just a word on Archie: I think we all recognized and understood how awful the bigotry he portrayed really was, even back in those days. He wasn’t making it look good. He was showing how ridiculous the thinking was, and he did it well.


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