October 13, 2003

alone in a crowd

Last night at a Greek restaurant, I saw a large Asian family: nine adults and one child. Everyone was talking, engaged, familial. Seemed like a good group.

Then I noticed one woman. Early, mid twenties. Seated in the back corner. Facing down. Looking intently into the cell phone in the palm of her hand. It wasn't hard to figure out what she was doing. Might have been email, I guess, but I think she was playing a computer game. In the middle of a family gathering.

They seemed like nice enough people. Why did she feel the need to retreat so far away?

Posted by Tamar at October 13, 2003 02:03 PM