Today’s challenge was one of observation, of interaction. But I chose to write about a lack of interaction, and I hope you enjoy it.
It was supposed to have been a party. All the usual trappings were present: food, friends, music, gifts. But no one was dancing; no one was eating. The gifts sat unopened on a table, ignored by their recipient and forgotten by the guests.
The music was too loud for the room and it hurt my ears. It didn’t need to be so loud; no one was talking. I found it odd that amid a sea of people I could feel so completely and utterly alone, like a star in the sky, one of many, yet completely solitary.
Every hand, every eye in the room, was glued to a screen, transfixed by the glow, and it would take an act of God to separate them.
Have you ever been in a similar situation? How did you react?
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2 thoughts on “The Party”
You’ve just described living in London. Ten billion people around you but no one there.
I usually act nicely to everyone if only to see the shock on their faces.
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I was at the library once over the summer trying to get some work done on a rare day free of work and kids, and these three girls came in together. When I was their age, if my friends and I had gone to the library together, we’d have been standing around checking out the new books or discussing which movie to rent. These three took up residence at a table near mine and spent two hours texting each other. What the point of the trip was since they didn’t interact with anyone or anything but their phones, I have no idea.