These Kids Today

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  They obsess over lip balm and carry it everywherein screw-top plastic pots that fit in their pockets.Their mother whips up batches of the stufffrom melted beeswax, keeps a constant supplyin an air-tight container in the kitchen cupboardso it's always available for refills. The kids panic if their lips feel dry.Replenishing moisture takes precedence,and no activity is too important to interrupt.They apply the ointment generouslywith practiced fingertips. Their mouths gleamas if they've been eating fried chickenwithout napkins, unblended flecks of waxat the corners of their young lipsbeautifully supple and smooth.

 

Nudge: Write about something kids today do that you wouldn't have even thought about when you were young. Access to technology is easy; try to zero in on habits or cultural obsessions that seem unique to today's kids. You don't have to criticize—feel free to pick some activity or interest you admire or even envy.

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