Sunday Photo Fiction: A History Lesson

Every week a photo is used as a prompt to write a story in about 200 words. If you want to have a go, then go to Sunday Photo Fiction and take a look, or if you want to see what others have written, then you can go here and see a page with links to their stories.

80 10 October 5th 2014

What does that mean?” nine-year-old Courtney asked her mother.

It is to glorify swimming”, her 25-year-old mother answered. “People used to go into the water and swim to either go places or to do it for fun.”

What? You mean to tell me that people would do that for fun? That makes no sense. Why would they do that?

Courtney’s mother smiled at her. “Not everything makes sense any more, sweet one. The way we used to be was much different to the way we are now. There was no pollution so people could go into the sea and not come out with severe radiation poisoning. Some people would even swim 22 miles from one country to another.”

Who were they running from mummy? Was it the skinnies?

No, my daughter; they would do it for fun. There were even pools that people could swim in as well, and they would go there with their families.

That’s sick!” Courtney exclaimed. “Why would anyone do that to their children? Weren’t they scared of being arrested?

People weren’t arrested then. They were allowed to do it.”

Courtney shifted her 230 pound mass in her floating chair and shook her head. “I don’t think I will ever understand why people were allowed to be skinny. I am glad it is against the law now.”

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