SPF: Greener Grass?


The upper crust? Of smelling salts and waist crushing corsets? Elizabeth pooh poohed it all, much to her mother’s horror.

Her only refuge was at her Godfather’s laboratory. Dr. Bertrand was the only one who understood her and though he didn’t encourage her chutzpah, he didn’t  admonish her either.

“I’m sure years from now people will mock us,” Elizabeth lamented, while visiting him one evening.

Bertrand smiled. “You’re right, I’m sure they will, but that doesn’t mean people would be free from any social pressures, in fact, you might have some in the future who crave the simple times we belong to.”

“You sound so sure,” frowned Elizabeth.

Bertrand was silent then abruptly said, “That’s because I’ve seen it, the future.”

Before Elizabeth could accuse him of jesting, he led her to the basement where an oddly shaped machine filled the entire space.

As Bertrand filled her in with the details, an excited Elizabeth had already decided, she wanted to see the future for herself.

Although she was mesmerized by the material progress, after a few visits to the future Elizabeth understood what her Godfather meant about the ever present pressures of society and frankly, she preferred hers.

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11 Responses to SPF: Greener Grass?

  1. mandibelle16 says:

    Very interesting Elizabeth would want to stay back, realizing simplicity is better. Unfortunately, she wasn’t thinking how she would die so young in child birth or be taken out by the flu 🙂 Great take.

    • swritings says:

      Haha! Maybe she’d have second thoughts if confronted by them but might placate herself by comparing them to cancer or aids (unless they too existed back then and were just not diagnosed! 😯) Thanks! ☺

      • mandibelle16 says:

        Cancer for sure. Called consumption for the longest time. I think those who got it young, just died and many people didn’t live long enough to get it as an older adult. I mean even someone middle aged in their forties or fifties. AIDS I’m not sure, I think that might be a more recent thing. But I imagine their was rampant STI’s especially syphilis, which Can pretty much make you crazy if you long enough. Anyways great story 😉

      • swritings says:

        Well on the bright side, at least they didn’t have to go through the agonizing treatment process that some of these diseases entail… Thanks! 🙂

  2. Good story. The simplicity of no cars, no electronics, no emails, no laptops, no bombs. Yeah I think I would prefer that time as well

  3. athling2001 says:

    Well done. I enjoyed your take.

  4. Good story. Let’s face it, there were never “Good old days”. My parents were born just before and just after the beginning of the 20th Century and almost died of diphtheria. Several of my husband’s uncles died of influenza. Every age has had it’s problems I wouldn’t want to go to a dentist from that time. Most people chose to just lose their teeth. Well done, SW. 🙂 — Suzanne

    • swritings says:

      Very true. Every age will go through tough times. Problems these days may be different but they do exist, as they did in the olden days. Guess you just have to deal with it the best you can. Thanks for reading! 🙂

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