The Long Jump
4 months ago
I could tell Kevin had been preparing for this. He inserted a dramatic pause, then slammed the front legs of his plastic chair onto the floor….
“Okay, it’s like this. You wake up, you watch TV, and you get into the car and you listen to the radio. You go to your little job or your little school, but you’re not going to hear about that on the 6:00 news, since guess what. Nothing is really happening. You read the paper, or if you’re into that sort of thing you read a book, which is just the same as watching only even more boring. You watch TV all night, or maybe you go out so you can watch a movie, and maybe you’ll get a phone call so you can tell your friends what you’ve been watching. And you know, it’s got so bad that I’ve started to notice, the people on TV? Inside the TV? Half the time they’re watching TV. Or if you’ve got some romance in a movie? What do they do but go to a movie. All of these people, Marlin,” he invited the interviewer in with a nod, “What are they watching?”
After an awkward silence, Marlin filled in, “You tell us, Kevin.”
"People like me.” He sat back and folded his arms.