How the Grinch nearly Stole my Christmas
I thought it was an exaggeration. I thought that only young people were guilty of it. I thought that I would never be exposed to it. I was wrong!
What are you talking about, you ask. I am referring to a recent Christmas outing to a dinner theatre called How the Grinch Stole Christmas _ in Newfoundland. It was my gift to me -big event of the year, expensive, dressy affair, with a group of women all middle aged or senior and, unexpectedly for me , their i-phones. ( I don’t have one) There were six people. Two were empty handed , my friend and me. Unfortunately she was not sitting next to me ; an i-phone with a human attached sat between us.
We made eye contact, my friend and I. I could read her thoughts. You see we were more advanced than the others. Our mental acuity surpassed the electronic media. We didn’t need a phone to communicate.
Her eyes said ; You see that?
Mine replied : yes, phones everywhere. Can you believe this?
I could read her thoughts.
Well isn’t this a wonderful social evening!
My mental response : Not very polite, are they?
Her quick upward flick of eyebrows , twisted lip , and shrugging shoulders told me how she regarded our companions. I could read her thought : How boring! Her yawn confirmed I had read correctly.
Four heads were looking downwards. The faces reflected the glow of their gadgets. Too bad they weren’t looking in mirrors to see the twisted brows and biting lips of intense concentration. I wondered if they were talking to someone, looking at pictures or playing solitaire.
I amused myself with chatting across the table to my friend using telepathy, head movements and lip reading.
I tossed a glance around the dining hall . To my amazement at the very next table sat a woman with the same glowing face, head tilt and hand position of the Stepford clones that surrounded me. She held her phone slightly beneath the lip of the table supposedly to be unobtrusive. Her friends seemed to be engaged in the primitive form of communication which consisted of lip movements ,vocalizations, smiles, laughter, hand gestures and body language. I envied them and wondered how this misfit came to be seated there and not with our group.
It was fitting that the entertainment was a musical about the Grinch. I wondered if he would have an i-phone too- a sure way to ensure that all of Whoville would rue the holiday season.