No Such Thing As Society

This is my Friday Fictioneers submission for January 30th. Thanks to Ted Strutz for the photo.

Thaddeus smiled at the woman, but she looked away. No community spirit these days, he thought, not like in those old black and white films he watched with his Grandad. He told him that, once, expecting he’d be pleased, but Grandad had said he was seeing the past through rose-tinted spectacles. He’d been hurt, then, but he hadn’t let on; at the day centre that week, he’d wanted to make Grandad his own pair but he hadn’t known how. For now, they were stuck in the cold, colourful world but he wouldn’t rest until he could turn the clock back.




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21 responses to “No Such Thing As Society

  1. Interesting twist on black and white vs colour. Hope he makes it through life. Sad that the woman couldn’t bother with a smile.

  2. Dear Etienne,

    I enjoyed the way you flipped color and made the colorful world cold and uncaring. Nicely done.



  3. Dear Etienne,
    I haven’t seen you in these parts recently. Good to have you back, especially with this thought-provoking tale. I fear our hero is going to have quite a shock if he manages to turn back the clock. This past weekend, I went to see the critically acclaimed film Selma. The horrors of blatant, violent racism jumped off the screen in living color. If one thinks things are bad today, a look at our history will show that we have come a distance–not far enough, but a fair distance.

    All my best,
    Marie Gail

  4. I like the coldness of this colored world, it reflects the reality of current times and the nostalgia for past long gone.

  5. Dear Etienne, Good story and moving. I think he will be waiting a long time for the past to come back! Nan 🙂

  6. Etienne,
    I like how you took the black and white element of the picture instead of the picture itself. I like how you handled the confusion of metaphors in the story too, with color, and black and white.

  7. Your use of colour v black and white in this is admirable; a twist on the expression: ‘All that glitters is not gold’?

  8. Nice take on the prompt. Wishful thinking on the kid’s part, I think. Grandad knows best!

  9. This is a really interesting take on the prompt. I love the whole b&w vs colour element. I’m sure the kid will learn soon enough that no era is perfect… 🙂

  10. It’s nice that he wanted to make his grandpa some rose-tinted glasses. Lovely story.

  11. The term, “good old days,” was coined by people who either don’t remember those days or had forgotten a lot. As has been said, every time has its troubles. Well told, Etienne. 🙂 Suzanne

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