Flash Fiction #107 (Exactly 107 Words): The Younger Generation

My sister Kim has sent me a voicemail barring me from any further contact with her children.  “You wanna starve yourself to death?  Fine.  Just don’t convince them to do it.”  Belle, the thirteen-year-old, had viewed the ana lifestyle with that “yeahhh, right” attitude that teenagers have toward everything.  However, five-year-old Jasmine had taken me more seriously; she’d reacted with genuine alarm upon hearing that excessive weight can kill you or, worse, make you not fit into your favorite clothes.  Perhaps she’ll encounter more thinspiration on the Internet.  I know I’ll sound like an old hippie here, but we can’t change society without the younger generation’s help.   

Copyright © 2021 by David V. Matthews

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