I am sitting in the Starbucks at the mall, doing what I do.
Which is listen in. Rude as it gets.
You have to bear with me on this one, my Spanish is rusty as hell.
Luckily, the young couple next to me at the Galleria Starbucks is switching back and forth between English and Spanish.
I love West Side Story, so here is the story of Tony and Maria.
Tony is Latino and looks to be about 12. He has all the characteristics of a guy in his mid to late teens. Maria is a Latina who is carrying a few pounds and appears to be about 13 years old.
They have 2 kids together.
I wondered at first if I miss-heard that, but it was repeated, so it must be true.
Children having children. (From the look and mannerisms of Tony, dumb kids having kids
Also, it appears that Tony is several months behind on what sounds a lot like child support.
Maria has made several comments about her abwella, or something like that. (After checking with my chola barber, it was abuela, grandmother in spanish.)
She is mellowing, but started out really pissed at him. Tony, however, understands how to shut her down.
Not 5 minutes into the conversation, she is laughing and slapping playfully at his hand.
Not that I am against young love as a general thing, but this whole little scenario puts the vice on my butt something fierce.
What percentage of this generation is sitting in front of me?
How many more kids will Maria have with Tony before they get their lives together?
Or at least graduate high school.
Just kidding, I realize that they probably won’t graduate high school.
That is not necessarily a racial thing. I think everyone in their mid to late teens are complete morons, with few exceptions.
People in that age range should not be allowed to make any serious decisions for themselves.
But thats just me.
Although, maybe some of the tougher decisions in life should be made before you can acquire enough experience to chicken out.
The scary stuff.
Marriage, the military, Amway.
Of the three, I am in favor of marriage and the military.
But Amway is a fucking cult.
Lets get back to Tony and Maria before I get all the way up on my soap box.
The sad fact is, they are a small percentage of the other Tony and Maria’s out there, cranking out children like an assembly line.
I saw an article that stated that a lot of kids have kids because it allows them to do something important in their life.
As an esteem builder.
Kind of a self improvement thru reproduction.
I will laugh at that line for a few minutes and then I realize that there is a pretty good shot that I will be paying taxes to keep Maria and the kids in food and huggies for a good long time.
And I won’t even be invited to the family BBQs.
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