The Tradeoff

Photo by: Ted Strutz

The trio shuffled towards the boat. At their advanced age they proceeded slowly.

“It’s a shame Human bodies wear out so quickly,” said Bernice.

“True,” said Wade. “But we saw so much. The Pyramids, The Afghan markets.”

“The living bridges in India,” sighed Morgan.

“Retirement was fun,” said Wade. “But we’ll get younger, more vibrant human bodies on the island.”

“I’ll miss playing with my grandchildren,” sighed Bernice.

“As younger humans, we’ll have to get jobs and slave eighty hours a week,” said Wade.

“Deal with obnoxious bosses,” added Morgan.

Bernice stopped suddenly. “Can we get younger bodies next year?”
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Written for the Friday Fictioneers: https://rochellewisoff.com/2018/07/25/27-july-2018/

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About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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49 Responses to The Tradeoff

  1. James Pyles says:

    My aunt called me the other day to wish me a happy birthday. She turns 89 next month, and said that while she was feeling pretty good in her 70s, the 80s suck.

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  2. Varad says:

    Of the three, Bernice needs a younger body the most.

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  3. There is always a flip side to youth…

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  4. Joy Pixley says:

    Great use of the prompt. And boy, I can see their dilemma — hanging out and playing with grandkids (and sending them home when they get cranky) sounds a lot more relaxing than doing the daily grind.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Thank you! Yeah, there’s downsides to aging, but there’s also benefits. Elders get to be kids again with their grandkids, and who wouldn’t enjoy that? Good to see you, Joy. Cheers! πŸ™‚

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  5. jillyfunnell says:

    I loved this story – and I’m totally with Bernice. Let’s leave it until next year and then decide …

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  6. Dear Eric,

    Younger bodies might be physically more pleasant, but oh the sacrifice. I find myself singing the body electric. πŸ˜‰ Good one.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  7. Iain Kelly says:

    I don’t know if I could do the whole work thing again, it’s bad enough this time round! Better to grow old gracefully. Bet that island will be busy though πŸ™‚

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    • EagleAye says:

      Haha! Growing old gracefully sounds like a balm for all those years of hard work. πŸ˜‰ The island isn’t that busy. There’s only a few like our friends. The folks who run the place hang out on the beach most of the time. πŸ˜‰

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  8. Ah yes. The old skin game. I recall seeing this in the original Star Trek. It was also Being John Malkovich’s central premise.

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  9. StuHN says:

    Feels like a Dr. Who storyline. Just have to hope they aren’t gaseous.

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    • EagleAye says:

      I have watched a few Who episodes. Mostly the older original series. Then there’s Outer Limits and Twilight Zone. Who knows what could’ve influenced me. My inspirations are legion. πŸ˜‰

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  10. 4963andypop says:

    Islands and secluded places seem to be hotspots for wish fulfillment. Fantasy island. Shangri-La. but there is always a price to pay. If they do go it could turn sinister…

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  11. Dale says:

    I dunno… there is a time for everything. I think we need to enjoy each phase. Going back to working full-time and dealing with all that stuff? Maybe not!

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  12. I guess if you hadn’t been through the whole work thing before you wouldn’t know what you were getting into. Then, when you became an adolescent again . . . that’s a whole ‘nother story.

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  13. draliman says:

    Maybe they can aim for mid-60s πŸ™‚

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  14. Sandra says:

    With age comes wisdom, but it’s a pretty lousy trade-off. Go for it!

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  15. Great one! In my heart I feel 25…then my body laughs at me and “You wish!” I feel everyone of my years lately… 😒

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  16. ceayr says:

    Yeah, being young sucks. Much better to be old and grumpy, full of aches and pains and shortage of breath, this is the life!

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  17. pennygadd51 says:

    Haha! Loved your story, EagleAye! I can really feel for Bernice – I love time with my grandchildren. I think I’d do the same, and postpone my rejuvenation.

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  18. James McEwan says:

    Well spotted, one of the disadvantages of eternal life. In future i will view these oldies with suspicion, will they be after my body and job –they can have it.

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  19. subroto says:

    How much younger does Bernice want to go? They could switch into school kids but then will probably have to do homework and learn new slang words. Maybe a politician’s body will be a better choice. Has had a good life and the brain has hardly been used.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Haha! That’s a brilliant idea. A politician’s body hasn’t done any hard labor, unless you’d call lifting a nine-iron on a golf course hard. And with a brain that hasn’t seen much use except during election years, their bodies are an excellent choice!

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  20. Lyn says:

    I’d settle for a new knee…but not at the expence of missing out on playing with my grandchildren.

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  21. tedstrutz says:

    There’s always next year, right?

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  22. granonine says:

    This one made me smile. There are trade-offs for aging, after all πŸ™‚

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