No Longer Needed

PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot

I stared at the highchair mixed in with the rubbish.  It was as clean and as solid as it was the day it was made some 40 years ago.  Was that trendy company even still around?

Shaking my head, I walked on.  It had been a long time, and I was surprised at the emotions it brought back.

At the time some had laughed off the flu-like symptoms, ignoring the high death toll.  But the long-term effects were harder to ignore.

As “The Children-of-the-Plague” reached maturity, the full scale became apparent.

It would just be one lost generation, right?

Wrong…

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Word count = 100

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51 thoughts on “No Longer Needed

    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I have read that there are more long term effects than most people realize, but I doubt this bad… On the other hand, I did not call them “Covid Kids”, so this might be about the next virus to hit ;)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It is a horrid thought. One of the things I was trying to imply is that the kids who get it (or the un-named virus of the story – I never said “Covid”…) end up being sterile. Thanks, Isadora :) You too – have a great day and stay safe.

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          We are in difficult times. I don’t take that many precautions, but I do try to be careful – we just don’t know yet. I doubt it will be as bad as the story, but, then again, I never mentioned the name of the virus in my story, so it could be the next one ;) Have a great day :)

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          1. Inside the Mind of Isadora

            I’m in the super high risk zone. My immune system is very bad. It’s the reason I am minimally venturing out. I’ve never liked touching shopppig carts or doors of establishments. I’ve worn gloves since before this virus. Hope is all we can have right now. Be healthy and happy …
            Isadora 😎

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            1. trentpmcd Post author

              I’m in a low risk area and do little where people are beyond weekly groceries, so wearing a mask, washing my hands, etc., is fine. And I have a pretty good immunity (I have been sick for less than 15 days in over 55 years…), but I know that means nothing with this virus. Anyway, take care and stay healthy :)

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  1. msjadeli

    Nobody knows at this point what the long-term effects will be on the young people. If Mother Nature has turned against us, which it feels like — and with good reason! — there is nothing off the table. Good story, Trent.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks. i know, the virus is just a hoax to win the election, so no need to worry,. Oh, and as the temperatures go up in the summer, it will magically go away. I mean, we still have a week of summer, so I guess there is still that possibility…. On the other hand, I didn’t call them “The Covid-Kids”, so I left the possibility open for a different virus sometime in the future…

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