This week I walked into a community store and found myself standing behind a young man not nearly as contemplative as the young Black man pictured here (above). This young man had his hands hanging down well below his hips, underwear showing (of course), earrings in both ears, the standard issue white t-shirt, shoes untied. The only problem here was that in front of those untied shoes was a baby stroller, and in that stroller was a newborn baby. And as I looked up, there was the mother. Equally dejected and with a look on her face that silently screamed -- "how exactly did I get here?" Neither one could have been much more than 18 years old.
How she 'got' there, was laying down with a supposedly cool young man with in all probability, no high school diploma, no job, no contraception (thus, now with a newborn baby in hand, and at foot), and as a result of all of this ~ even less hope of a future in a high earning job occupation.
I was even more appalled when I saw what they were purchasing, at 1pm in the afternoon. Their shopping cart was full of candy, carbonated soda, bags of chips and chewing gum. And when I say, not one thing in that basket was healthy or even edible for that child, I mean not single thing. So, what was the child to eat for lunch, dinner, or for the week, I wondered? It made me want to take the child off their hands and feed her myself, but that of course, for a thousand reasons, I cannot do. I cannot do it for this child, and more hurtful to me, I cannot do it for what appears to be an entire generation in trouble.
This is nothing more than children, having children. The blind leading the blind, and recently born. A train wreck of a future for all waiting to happen.