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Riveted

Today I'm taking a bit of time out from the A-Z to write a story for Brenda's "Pondering" at BYG Adventures, where the writing prompt for this week is "rivet"... 

It was a beautiful summer morning, and families were scattered about the park enjoying the fresh air.  Several had smiled at the adorable little girl in a pink jacket who squealed with delight as the ducks greedily consumed the bread crusts she fed them.  Bread gone, she happily commenced chasing them back and forth across the grass.  Her mother, sitting on a nearby bench and engrossed in text messaging, rarely glanced up to notice.

The sound of a trash truck emptying a dumpster startled the ducks and they headed back for the safety of the water with the little girl following close behind.  Suddenly all eyes were riveted on her as she headed straight for the pond.  The mother, still glued to her cellphone, didn't look up until the person sitting next to her screamed.

In a flash, a young man who had been playing Frisbee raced down the grassy hill and dove into the pond, snagging the little girl's jacket just as she fell face first into the water.  He lifted her up, sputtering and crying, and gently carried her out of the water and away from the pond. 

By then her mother had come running.  Embracing her shivering daughter tightly, she gratefully thanked the young man.  His reaction surprised her, but earned him a round of applause from the crowd that had gathered... he grabbed the cellphone still clenched in her fingers and flung it far out into the pond.
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13 comments:

  1. I love this!!! It is amazing how true this is as well.
    My own daughter in law spends hours on her phone while my grandson does whatever.....
    Thanks for pondering with me

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    1. Thank you, Brenda! I agree about parenting and cellphones. I can't tell you how many times in a restaurant I have wanted to go grab parents' cell phones out of their hands, as I see them totally ignoring the children at their table. It's the saddest thing happening in families today. I love my tech toys, but there is a time to put them away and LIVE in the moment - especially when it comes to our children and grandchildren. They will only be with us for a short while!

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  2. I love this story and cheer the young man for his actions. This will hit home to a lot of people - hope it makes some think.

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    1. Thank you, I wanted to make a point that I hope some will consider. I've been tempted to grab those phones many times. Children need and deserve full attention, so do spouses and friends. I've been guilty of cell phone addiction at times too, trying to do better with that.

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  3. Wonderful story and as a grandmother I worry about the children and keeping an eye on them. Worse is when the cellphone user is in the car.

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    1. I absolutely agree with you, Judy, parenting is suffering due to cellphone addiction, and the little ones are not only in danger but missing out on the mommy and daddy time they need to grow up well!

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  4. Oh my -- is this a true story!!?? If not, still riveting!
    I only have my cell phone out to capture pictures when I am with the kids. the only texting might be to daddy or grandparents just to share those lovely pics. Safety first people!! And certainly not while driving. my phone stays in my purse when I am in the car. It does not come out, no matter how much it chimes notifications at me. 20 years ago people had to wait until I got home, and they can still do that as far as I am concerned.

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    1. It is not a true story, Rory, but the message behind it most certainly is. I think most of us have witnessed situations that could have been so very serious due to a parent not paying attention to their child. I have seen children wondering in stores and parking lots as the parents are glued to that little screen and I think about how easily they could be hurt or someone could steal them away! We have to get our priorities straight... parenting always comes first. I so agree with you, the cellphone can wait!!

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  5. I enjoyed the contract of the young child fascinated with the ducks and the grown-ups riveted on their cellphones.

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    1. You make a great point, Romi, the little girl has it right, she's captivated with her surroundings and interacting with the ducks. While her mom is stuck in her phone, missing out on the opportunity to no only enjoy the beautiful weather and the park, but also a chance to make special memories with her daughter!

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  6. Though a piece of fiction, there is a moral to this story. There is too much of this in the world. People are often reliant on artificial relationships and things, rather than what real and within reach.

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    1. Most definitely this is a story with a message... put down the phone and attend to your family! :-)

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  7. Wow Jose, great short story! This - if not true -- sure could be. You always manage to make me think, no matter what you write. I loved it. Hugs, friend.

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