13-year-old presented with mandatory earbuds to wear for next three years

A GIRL has celebrated her 13th birthday by receiving and inserting the earbuds she will wear continuously until she is 16.

Lucy Parry was given the earbuds in honour of her new status as a teenager and solemnly placed them in her ears before silently leaving the room.

Dad Brendan said: “It’s sad to see your little girl enter a state of ‘indeterminate music listening/willed deafness/they’re in but not on or are they?’, but it’s time.

“From now on Lucy will never be fully present. Is she listening to music? A podcast? Will she acknowledge being spoken to? Is that the earbuds or not? We will never know.

“On days out, on holiday, on the occasion of her grandmother’s 80th birthday her aural canals will be plugged. If ever asked to take them out, she will pull such a face.

“Even with her friends they will never be removed. Are they talking? Are they listening to music? Is the soundtrack shared, or individual? These questions cannot be answered. Indeed you’ll be made to feel an intrusive old prick for asking.”

Lucy said nothing, preferring to gesture at her earbuds and roll her eyes with theatrical exhaustion before storming away.

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