Friday, June 13, 2008

Babies

Two teenage girls, perhaps 14 or 15 years old, sit together in the McDonalds in the local Wal-mart. One faces Peanut, and proceeds to coo and giggle over her. The other sits, silent.

Later, high school girl voices carry over the aisles in the baby department, "oh, you have to find out if it's a boy or a girl, cause I, like, wanna know. I just have to know. If it's, like, a girl it'll be sooo cute and, like, it'll be so fun to dress her up. Oh oh oh, and you'll have to buy that for her."

And on it goes.

I round the corner, and spot the girls from the McDonalds. The one with the eager voice, all heavy eyeliner and too-tight tank top, her whole being suffused with the excitement of being a part of this drama while simultaneously grateful that it isn't her, ohmygawd. The other, feet jammed in unlaced sneakers, ratty hoodie pushed back with hands stuff in the pockets, her lank hair hiding her face. Her stomach is still flat, her body childish. She responds, the cocky and careless answers she tosses off betrayed by her shuffle, the way she curls over into herself as she walks. 

The weight of the world on her shoulders.

12 comments:

Megan said...

Oh dear.

crazymumma said...

ah shit.

and we all know its not an award winning movie with a kookie heroin and a funky soundtrack and that ends beautifully yet sadly.

motherbumper said...

Saw a friend go through the same in grade ten and remember how one of circle was like the girl who was excited over the secret. I remember being glad it wasn't me. The excited girl was also the one who proceeded to tell anyone who sat still long enough for years after. She does have the weight of the world on her shoulders - I really hope she's really alone in this.

motherbumper said...

I meant - I really hope she isn't alone in this.

flutter said...

well, crap.

slouching mom said...

sigh.

nomotherearth said...

I almost thought you were writing about the movie Juno. Have you seen it? Almost the exact same situation. Poor girl.

kittenpie said...

How perfectly drawn - poor kid. I hope she has some real support ahead.

kgirl said...

Poor girl? Stupid girl.
Hope she has help; she'll need it, and so will that baby.

ewe are here said...

H*ll.

Why oh why oh why does this keep happening?

H*ll.

Don Mills Diva said...

Beautifully written. And heartbreaking.

caramama said...

Oh boy. Poor girl. I also hope she has help. It's not easy, even for an adult.

Yeow.

 

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