A Memory Rejected

Photo by: Ronda Del Boccio

Evan was starting to regret bringing Julian to the museum. The boy just couldn’t relate. He pointed to a display of plants, “Julian, look! That’s grass.”

Julian squinted. “Is that an herb?”

“No! It used to grow everywhere. People used to walk on it or sit on it and read books.”

“Sit on it? Dad, that makes no sense.”

“It’s true. We played games on it too.”

Julian turned to his friend, Tyler, beside him. “It’s grass. My Dad says people sat on it.” He rolled his eyes.

Tyler shook his head. “It’s a shame when parents start going senile.”
Written for the Friday Fictioneers: https://rochellewisoff.com/2018/08/08/10-august-2018/

Author’s Notes:

Lyrics from Emerson, Lake, and Palmer’s “Karn Evil 9”

There behind a glass
Stands a real blade of grass
Be careful as you pass
Move along! Move along

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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41 Responses to A Memory Rejected

  1. James Pyles says:

    He’s wrong. It’s called “weed.” People used to smoke it. 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  2. gahlearner says:

    Parents and their wild stories, they’re an embarrassment. I laughed out loud, great fun.

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  3. joetwo says:

    There are a lot of things we take for granted that future generations will probably roll there eyes at. Good one.

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  4. As for going senile, it’s not so bad. My kids say I’m transitioning nicely.

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  5. List of X says:

    Tyler and Julian are probably going to laugh their asses off if Evan ever tells them that people used to let this grass grow, then cut it and throw away what they cut off, then let it grow again, then cut it and throw away the cup-off ends again, and again, and again, every couple of weeks for half the year, every year.

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  6. Iain Kelly says:

    It must be pretty bad if not even grass can survive.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. StuHN says:

    That was both sad and funny. Give those two a rotary phone and a cassette player w/cassette. Laugh now, monklings~!

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  8. pennygadd51 says:

    I enjoyed the way you turned the story from being about grass to being about the embarrassment caused by parents. The accuracy of tone and words in your last line made me laugh out loud – you hit that dead centre!

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  9. ellenbest24 says:

    Haha! With global warming, who knows what will only be fragmented history. My grandson thinks I am senile… phones in boxes the size of a London flat indeed. 😂😄😘

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  10. draliman says:

    I heard there were also big tall things with greenery at the top on big wooden stalks. Madness.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. 4963andypop says:

    Ha! So true to life, and yet I hope this will never be.

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  12. Dear Eric,

    And cows used to eat it? Really, dad. Thanks for the ‘gentle’ slap in the face. Well done. Love the last line.



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  13. granonine says:

    Let’s hope it never comes to having to look at grass only in a museum display. Good story.

    Liked by 2 people

  14. After a hot summer like this one, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if grass disappeared!

    Click to visit Keith’s Ramblings!

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  15. Yeah, next they’ll start claiming they used to eat stuff coming out of the ground.

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  16. prior.. says:

    Ouch – pretty scary future if it has no grass !
    Nice fiction

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    • EagleAye says:

      I think it’s terrifying. If grass didn’t survive, that suggests most everything else didn’t too. Yikes! 😉 Thanks much!

      Liked by 1 person

      • prior.. says:

        You are so right – and side note – another reason we now prefer grass-fed 🥩 beef is because it has b- vitamins and all these extra nutrients from the grass diet – In contrast – 🌽 corn-fed diets are missing nutrients and might even have dangerous gmo and other stuff – like

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  17. jillyfunnell says:

    I’m with Granonine. I don’t want to have to go to a special place to view grass. Mine is freshly mowed and looks wonderful because it rained today.

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  18. subroto says:

    Next thing you know Dad will be reminiscing about smoking grass, but it wasn’t really grass, more of a weed. Parents 🙄

    Liked by 1 person

  19. notestowomen says:

    The last line made me laugh out loud. Nicely done.

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