GENRE: Middle Grade Adventure
BRIEF EXPLANATION: This is a conversation between a teenage boy and an old woman, not old like me but really old—around 80-90. I hope this idea of an “age distinction” fits the challenge.
“No,” Tyler tried to explain. “It’s not a hearing aid. It’s an iPod.”
“An eye frog? What in heaven’s name is that?”
Tyler frowned. “No--it’s an iPod.” Okay, this was going to be painful.
She put her hand to her ear and leaned towards him.
“An iPod,” he shouted. He felt his voice crack. Not cool.
“Oh, an iPod, not an eye frog,” she said. Relieved, Tyler managed to smile at her. She nodded a few times then raised an eyebrow.
“But what in the world is an iPod?”
“You can listen to music on it. See.” He held the earbud up to her ear. She listened for a moment, nodding her head and tapping her foot.
“So where are the records?”
“There aren’t any records,” he explained. “The music is all stored in here.” He took the pod out of his pocket and showed it to her.
“You’re a real card.” She poked him a couple times in the chest. “But I wasn’t born yesterday, you know.” Tyler rolled his eyes.. No kidding.
The old lady held the pod up to her face. “Just as I suspected. That thing is much too small to hold a record--even a 45. Besides, why are you walking around with music playing in your ear? You aren’t even dancing. Look here.” She grabbed his arm and pulled him towards her. “See her?” she whispered, pointing at Sierra. “Now she’s a pretty girl. Why don’t you ask her to dance with you?”