When I Was Your Age… (R-E-S-P-E-C-T)


PHOTO PROMPT © J Hardy Carroll

“Get outta the way, old man.”

“Go around me.”

“But I want to walk there.  They should shoot old people like you.”

Henry stopped.  The 20-something stopped as well instead of stepping around him.

“When I was your age…”

“Well, you’re not.  Now go off and die somewhere else.”

Henry reached down, took off his left leg and then stood balanced on his right.

The young man paused only a second before trying to kick Henry’s good leg.

The kick didn’t land, but Henry’s foot did.

“When I was your age, I was shot,” Henry said as he walked away.

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Word count = 100

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As I was rereading this before posting, a song went through my mind, so I changed the title, adding that last tag line.  Yeah, Aretha was asking for some respect for other reasons, but still, we all do want just a little bit, don’t we?

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50 thoughts on “When I Was Your Age… (R-E-S-P-E-C-T)

    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks. I think it is two things – although a lot of people who were not in the military wear prosthetic, we have seen so many wounded warriors over the last decade and a half that they are the first thing we think of. And then, of course, yesterday was a patriotic holiday here in the US (though it actually has zero to do with the military), that a lot of people’s thoughts went that way.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      He had a great sense of balance! Plenty of practice. I thought about The Karate Kid, and for a second thought about having him kick the guy with his good leg, but then thought it better if he used the prosthetic as a club instead.


    1. trentpmcd Post author

      If you are a kid you are going to live forever or die young and good looking. I wonder if Roger Daltrey smiles these days when he hears the line “I hope I die before I get old”? (Actually Pete Townsend wrote that line, but Roger put the emotion into it.)


  1. prior..

    you could have taken that ending in a few directions and the “shot” part followed the verbal exchange and kick nicely – and then – the cherry on top – the song!

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