The Spaces Between Your Fingers

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The first TV experience

A massive winter storm was battering my small town in upstate Pennsylvania for the last three days and I have been stuck inside the whole time. Imagine the sound an elephant would produce if it tried to angrily knock on a door. That's the noise I woke up to and I had to investigate. I looked out the window and saw nothing. So, I ran to the front door and opened it slower than most serial killers in slashers movies. It was my father and he had just received something from an unmarked box truck. Curiosity had me hooked and I watched so intently that nothing was even in my peripherals. He loaded the large wooden crate on a dolly and then began to muscle the crate through the snow to the shed in the back yard. I shut the door slowly when out of nowhere, my sister yells "boo!" I screamed, then said, "what the hell Grace, we need to check the back window, dad got something." Grace smiled and "It's time to investigate!" Me and her got dressed for the tundra outside that we called our back yard. Our shed was more like a barn, because of its size and color. This was our father's safe haven when needed to escape the girls in the house me, Grace, and our mother. In our winter gear we stood on top of two barrels and peered through the shed's only window. I was irritated that I missed the grand unveiling, since my father already opened the crate and was cleaning up the mess. Me and Grace looked at each other and said "tonight?". We mentioned the crate at dinner and both of our parents brushed us off with saying "it was nothing." This of course only fueled our intent to investigate the shed tonight. It was now 2am, we both knew that mom and dad were fast asleep so we got dressed and made our way to the shed. We lit a candle and began our search, it was very difficult with such little light It made the shadows dance as we rummaged. We had no idea it was so creepy and then we found it. We had no idea what it was. It was a large square box with a small window in it. Grace said " I think it's a fish bowl." I said " could be, but I thought dad said no more pets?" Disappointed with our find we went back to bed " I guess they were telling the truth" Grace said. The next morning, we noticed the volume on the radio down stairs was extremely loud so we went down stairs together to see what's going on. There was the large strange box and it producing images. Me and Grace looked at each and said at the same time "what is that?" Our Father replied "a television." We were the first family in our entire town to have a TV. 

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