Demonstrating

six sentence story copy.jpgIt’s time once again, (okay, a day early this week), for the Six Sentence Story link up. This week the prompt word is “television“. Thanks once again to Denise at GirlieOntheEdge  for hosting.

The first line of the first story was my first initial take, though initially I had the second story sort of in mind. Then I wrote the first story and posted it. Done. Then I thought, why not pursue the first idea with a second story. That’s my story. Take two.

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Full View

“It was the first war that was viewed at home on television,” she explained, her hand on her husband’s knee, looking at him while addressing the grandchildren. “It was just awful seeing the footage, seeing the appalling happenings over there and the horrible events here in the states.”

“Granma, what was so horrible about people here protesting for peace, speaking out against the killing?”

“Men like your grandfather deserved a better homecoming than the one they got, they deserved a country more grateful and thankful for their service.”

“Ha, listen to her go on, like she’s forgetting how she met your ol’ Granpa.”

They both grew silent as they remembered how their friends and families had protested the relationship that blossomed between the returned soldier and the outspoken young woman who had demonstrated so passionately against the war he’d been called to serve in.

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Unblinking

“The first Iraq War, with the first Bush president… your grandfather was over there and I was here, watching those scuds and night raids and fires on the television.”

Her granddaughter listened, rapt, but her grandson was wrapped up in his phone, playing a scaled down version of his favorite video game, still sulking that he was trapped in a house that didn’t have gaming devices.

“I’ve seen some of that old footage, it’s not very realistic,” the boy offered, obviously listening after all.

“How can you say that, you idiot, it was actual television footage, filmed live for goodness sake. Granma, I don’t understand how the world could see a war on their televisions, right in their own homes, and continue to have wars after seeing that.”

Unblinking, her grandson snorted derisively at his sister’s naïve comment, not once looking up from his phone, his thumbs clicking wildly.

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17 thoughts on “Demonstrating

    • And I’m with you! Please see my response to Reena.
      I saw an ad for Army recruitment the other day on TV. Hadn’t seen one of those in a while. It of course had the usual serve the country lines, but low key, the visuals were less patriotic/iconic than the older ads. The visuals were strong though, looked like popular video games with camo and guns and street stalking. They don’t even try to appeal to patriotism or promise a career anymore, they just feed their addictions and imply the ultimate video “game”. Horrific.

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          • in lieu of my reply (to follow) and against my own better judgement* although I mute commercial when they appear, I happened to be distracted and came up a recruiting ad with the ‘close’ being ‘Warriors Wanted’…. the testosterone was competing with the nationalism as we viewers were treated to images of heroic** young men and women helping the unfortunate victims of war** interspersed with some really cool weaponry.
            two words: ‘ayiiee’
            (I can feel the words piling up in my head, I will stop while I still can).

            * I am firmly in the don’t-indulge-in-private-outrage,-it-only-costs-you,-not-them camp, when it comes to living in the post-Orwell world we now inhabit
            ** surely taking ‘most frequently used word or words to imply sincerity prize’ away from ‘I love you’
            *** according to some google search return ‘irony’ is defined as: …a literary technique, originally used in Greek tragedy, by which the full significance of a character’s words or actions are clear to the audience or reader although unknown to the character.

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