Thursday, September 25, 2014

Generation Z is For...

Apparently, I'm getting old. Each day, I see or hear something from a member of my kids' generation (yes, sometimes from my kids themselves) that makes me think,

"What is WRONG with the kids of today? That did NOT happen when I was a kid."

Take this past weekend, for example. Hubby and I went to a Godsmack, Seether, and Buck Cherry concert.

I will pause for a second to say, Holy crap, what an AWESOME concert!! 

Now, back to my story. The crowd was filled with people from the age of 3 (yes, you read that right- there were quite a few people who brought their toddlers to the concert, a few of which put their toddlers on their shoulders to make it to the front of the crowd, near the stage- I haven't figured out if that's awesome parenting, or horrible parenting yet...) up through probably 60-something. The largest age group was probably 20-somethings, or early to mid 30-somethings like Hubby and I.

But it was the teenage group that made me want to bang my head against the wall the most.
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The first thing I noticed, about 5 minutes after walking into the stadium, was a group of children- yes, CHILDREN- who couldn't have possibly been more than 15 or 16 years old, wearing bras and a simple bandanas tied around their chests as "shirts."

I actually paused in front of them to ask where their mothers were, when Hubby grabbed my shirt and led me down the stairs.

There's no reason in hell- actually, there's 50,000 reasons in Hell, no reasons here on Earth- these MINORS should have left the house dressed like that. And, if they left the house dressed like a proper 15 year old CHILD, and then changed into that, they need to be grounded until they are 18.

Back in my day, it was a short skirt and maybe a midriff top or low-cut shirt that we rebellious teenagers changed into after we left the house- NOT A HANDKERCHIEF.

I wanted to take a picture so badly for you all, but I didn't want my site to be flagged for child porn. Seriously. It was that bad.

And it doesn't really get better, sorry to say.

There were girls walking around in just bras and shorts. Bathing suit tops, I understand. Not bras. Thankfully, though, those girls looked like college students... doesn't make it "better" per say, but it
does take it out of the category of pedophilia for anyone who looks for longer than half a second.

Then, a trip to the concession stand seriously made me want to bang my head against the brick wall next to me... and it took everything in me to not turn around and educate these poor young'uns.

I'll set a mental picture for you. I'm standing in line to get some french fries, and two young girls start talking behind me. I haven't turned around to look at them, but I can tell by how nasally they are speaking, and how the end of every word is drawn out forever and sounded like whining, that they are young.

And you have to make it sound like that in your head, as you are reading, to get the most from this eavesdropping session of mine- it makes it WAY funnier. Think "Valley Girl"...

Girl 1: OMG, I'm soooooo hungryyyyy.
Girl 2: OMG, so am Iiiiiiii. What are you going to get?
Girl 1: I don't know. Like, what do they have? Let's look at the menuuuuu.
Girl 2: Oh, wow. Ummm....
Girl 1: Yeah, so it looks like weight loss is not an option here today. 
Girl 2: No, like, not at alll....
Girl 1: It's fine. We'll just eat whatever today, and tomorrow we will totally start on our weight loss againn...
Girl 2: Coooool.
Girl 1: So, I'm going to get a pretzel with a cup of cheessseeeee...
Girl 2: OMG, that sounds amazing.... But you have to get a water to drinkkk....
Girl 1: Definitely. Just a waterrrr...

As I listened to these girls, I ended up laughing out loud. I just knew, without a doubt, that if I turned around, these girls would be teenage waifs.

So, of course I turned around.

These girls were half my size, and I'm not a big girl. They were probably each a size 1.

They needed to change their orders from a pretzel with cheese and a water to a cheeseburger, fries and a soda.

And yet, they were worried about how the menu had no "weight loss" options on it.

What is WRONG with the youth of today?

In high school, my friends and I would head to McDonald's and see which one of us could finish a triple cheeseburger combo meal first. A TRIPLE CHEESEBURGER! Do y'all even remember when McDonald's had triple cheeseburgers? It wasn't for long, because I'm pretty sure they caused instant heart attacks in the older customers. But we were young, and had metabolisms that ran as fast as jets, and we took advantage of it.

Girls of today are at a rock concert looking for salads. WTF?

These children proceeded to whine talk about boys after that, and crying their eyes out for hours, and how their moms were all concerned about them... justifiably so. I wasn't even their mother and I was concerned for them. Then my hot dog, fries and soda were ready (I couldn't find the "weight loss" menu, either, apparently) and I ventured back to Hubby to tell him the story. He just laughed and shook his head.

I was seriously proud of my daughter, all of a sudden. At just 12 years old, she had more substance to her than most of the teenage girls there, wearing their bras, and trying to find the "weight loss" menu at a rock concert.

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I just don't get the youth of today. I'm sure every generation has said that, though. From "squares" and "greasers" in the 50s to hippies in the 60s, to the Generation X in the 70s, all the way to what they are calling Generation Z of today- not sure if the Z is for Zombie, because they are always glued to their phones and rarely have an original thought, or Z as in, The Last Letter of the Alphabet, so This is the End of It for Humanity. It's a toss-up, honestly.

All I can do is hug my kids tightly and teach them how to think for themselves, how to develop inner strength, and how to respect themselves and those around them. Maybe if a few more parents nowadays did the same with their kids, we'd have a new Generation Z on our hands; Z for Zeal- kids excited to live life, be themselves and change the world for the good.

And eat a damn cheeseburger at a rock concert.

Food for thought...

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1 comment:

  1. Dude, for real. I actually have a half written blog on this exact subject! All we can do is raise our children to know better :)