excited and curious. My first training was today. It was very strange. They had us work on speaking exercises and taught us different greetings used in 1960, such as shaking hands. You grab someone’s hand and shake it. I’ve never done anything like that before, strange. They also briefed us on how people lived which is incredibly different than now. They told us streets would be much larger than they are now, and not to be alarmed if we saw something called a house. They say there are apartments there just like in this time period, but there are other living arrangements and only some people had roommates. It sounds so interesting, I can’t wait to see those arrangements! Today I had to put up a fight. The Scientists took all of us to a room. They said they had to give us a “treatment” before we go back in time. They refused to elaborate on that. They started dragging us into these rooms. I tried to fight back, but five men were against me and I had no chance. They gave me an injection and everything went black. I woke up in a bed feeling blank and lonely. I felt soft and vulnerable in a sense. I still feel so. It is an awful feeling. One of the scientists who did the treatment came in. He said “Hello Sir, the treatment you have undergone has prevented you from having children. We are sorry for your loss, but we hope you will not go against our contract or I fear you will have to be put on a ship as punishment. We can’t risk you going to the old world and making the population larger, we just wish you may change our fate.” Those words are haunting me. I feel so empty… I’ve never felt this way before. I can’t have Children now. There have always been regulations on how many children a person can have in their lifetime, one to be exact. I believe the treatment I have undergone today is normally done after someone has a child. The world can’t risk anyone breaking the rule. I haven’t had a child, yet they gave me the operation. I had always hoped I would find someone to raise a child with, to love and to cherish, but I guess I no longer can. I think I understand why they had to do this. If we found someone in the old world to love, it’s possible we could expand the population early on and there would be even more people than there are now, which is very hard to even think about.
Literary Art Magazine Pierson Middle School Sag Harbor, New York May 13, 2019