No Condom, No Crib

12:00 AM Elizabeth Seckman 58 Comments

I could lie and say I was watching C-Span and the cat walked across the remote thus forcing me to watch 16 and Pregnant on MTV.

But the truth is, my neurotic cat is hanging out in the neighbor's tree refusing to come home. The uglier truth is...I turned it on myself. Intentionally. Even scrolled through the guide to find it.

See...I am intrigued by human drama. Even the massaged, sensationalized variety. 

Go ahead, make fun of me. My kids do. 

Anyhow, during most of the show, the baby momma was trying to get the baby daddy to pick up a crib. A free one. He wasn't asked to go work in a rock mine and earn enough money to buy one, he was simply asked to pick up a free one. 
But nooo...instead, he hung out all day with his friend. Oh, and he whined...

Poor me. I'm gonna be a daddy in a few months. I should get to play and enjoy myself, not slave over a steering wheel and lug home a donated sleeping spot for my offspring. 

How draconian!! 

I was like, seriously dude...how lazy and irresponsible are you?! 

Well, evidently lazy and irresponsible enough to have neglected to get a condom in the first place. 

So, that's the take home message for the day...

Ladies, if he doesn't have the forethought, the cash, or the inclination to show up with a condom- chances are good you'll be picking up your own crib. 

*Can you tell edits are done and I'm unwinding?

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Cherie Reich is a speculative fiction author and library assistant living in Virginia. Visit her website and blog for more information.
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58 comments:

  1. There are no words to describe youngsters like that. They are so irresponsible and the sad thing is - there are so many kids taking that attitude today. England is full of them and the state just pays for everything they need. It drives me crazy. Luckily I live in Portugal where kids seem to be a lot more responsible these days.

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    1. I know plenty of people who have been teen parents, and most all of them grew up and took care of their situation, so the whole time I was watching the show, I was amazed this kid was such an irresponsible slug, but then it occurred to me...duh! Irresponsibility is the root of his problem.

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  2. Lazy as can be, seems more and more of them out there. But you watch that? Oh the shame lol

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    1. Laziness does seem to be spreading.

      Yeah, I watch it. Sometimes. hehe

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  3. Yup, that guy is lazy and irresponsible. Free and you can't do the rest? Come on.

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    1. Yep, he scored zero empathy points. So unlikable I had to switch the channel.

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  4. I. hate. reality. tv.

    Especially the ones that glorify idiots.

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    1. You sound like my oldest son. He says I am what's wrong with America. That I am supporting a culture that is eroding our values and undermining exceptionalism. (See? Teens are rebellious...mom watches drivel, they rebel and watch Sport Center. It was all in the master plan.)

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  5. Or maybe, just keep sex inside of marriage, because it's designed for babies and bonding! =)

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    1. That is the best advice ever. Sooo, you want to date one of my boys? Just joking. Maybe. ;)

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    2. Hahaha! I'm sure they'd love that, internet match-making!

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    3. Hey, a mom has to do what she has to do. There are as many bad girls out there as there are bad boys and I want my boys to only find the good ones!

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  6. I was watching Keeping Up with the Kardashians (I know, shame on me!) and Kourtney got pregnant despite the fact that her husband repeatedly told her he didn't want more children. Then, when he didn't take the news well, she made him out to be the bad guy. Recently a survey found that an alarming percentage of women admitted to tricking their husbands/boyfriends into becoming fathers. It's disturbing. I know it's not always the case but it does happen that women intentionally get pregnant with an irresponsible man who has no interest in having children, then make them out to be deadbeat dads when they don't change into the men they were trying to force them to be. It's too bad we can't make both parents pass some sort of test before they can conceive! Of course, our population would probably die off eventually...

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    1. As the mother of four young men, I agree 1000%

      And I have personally known women who have done it. Babies aren't toys, pawns, or money makers. That is a decision that should be considered very carefully. And as my mother always said- imagine being saddled with that guy for life, then keep your knees together.

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  7. Well, if he wasn't so lazy and irresponsible, then he wouldn't be in the situation to pick up a crib. Sheesh! He really needs to get over himself and think of his child. You can't beat a free crib.

    Thank you so much for mentioning my collection! I appreciate it!! And if you get a chance to read it, I hope you enjoy! :)

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    1. Yeah, and the crib is only a fraction of the work coming. I feel sorry for the baby.

      I'm definitely going to grab my copy. I'm sure I'll enjoy it!

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  8. Cheers for the message of the day. What a jerk. She'll grow up and look back, shaking her head. How did I ever...?

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    1. I know a lot of women who have that feeling. They never regret the kids, just the dads who spawned them.

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  9. What a creep - sadly, the way we're heading.

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    1. We do tend to make irresponsibility acceptable.

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  10. Ha! I loved this post. I needed something lighthearted and funny. How pathetic that he couldn't pick up a FREE crib.

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  11. Never heard of the programme, but it seems to me that the young woman could have kept her legs closed too. I guess she figured it wouldn't happen to her.

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    1. Agree. The only reason I'm giving her a bit of a pass is because she was trying to get ready and fully regretted her bad choices. He thought it was an awesome situation, because he was headed out to fish all day while she studied for classes.

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  12. You told that story so funny and beautifully.

    I'll check out Cherie's book even though I don't have time to read all the books on my Kindle.

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    1. I know what you mean about the books on your Kindle, Peaches. I have more than I can ever read and still find more to buy. :)

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    2. Thanks Peaches!

      I own way more books than I can read too, but like Cherie, I keep buying. Kindle needs to add a date purchased to the books so I know what order to read them in.

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  13. Some shows really are just guilty pleasures, aren't they? I usually end up yelling at reality TV but some of them do just grab you. Ones about horrible tropical diseases happening to unsuspecting holidaymakers in particular...

    He sounds like the kinda guy who doesn't want to do anything and just wants it to go away, but the minute the momma leaves him and finds herself a better partner who'll look after the baby he'd complain about it! I bet when she found out she was pregnant he swore he'd stick by her too (but only as long as she did all the work!)

    And seriously... free crib! Don't those things usually cost a small fortune? Lazy sod. I hope the girl gave him what for.

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    1. It is definitely a guilty pleasure. It's the opportunity to numb the mind when the mind is too full of important stuff.

      Yeah, if he doesn't grow up, I think she will move on. He may not even worry when she does. He'll probably wait until the child is a teen and then show up. Just a guess.

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  14. A free crib . . . and lots of whining about picking it up? Wow. I agree - if he's too lazy to do things right in the most intimate of moments, he's not going to be able to handle the rest of life.

    And yay for Cherie! I had her post planned before I knew about the 99 cents, but I finally went back and added that. :)

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    1. Aww! That's sweet of you, Tyrean!

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    2. Yep, free. Would have taken a few hours tops to grab it and set it up. Babies are a lifelong commitment and a lot of work if you do it right. I agree with Jo...the real solution is keeping the knees together, but then I'll be called out of touch.

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  15. There's something addicting about those stupid, vacuous reality shows with draconian kids who'd rather spend a lifetime complaining about being a parent vs having safe sex. Idiots! But I'm glad to know I'm not the only bright, enlightened woman who gets into that garbage. I'm also glad to know you've finished your edits. Yipee.

    Congratulations, Cherie. I like the haunting book cover.

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    1. Thank you, Robyn! The cover was actually a pre-made. I saw it and knew it had to be mine. :)

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    2. It really is garbage. But then so are Reese's Cups and I like them too. The thing is to stay balanced...partake occasionally and not as a full diet.

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  16. I guess a lot of the time we can't expect teenagers to be any more responsible than that douchbag of a guy. But then again, many teenagers WOULD bother to go and pick up a free sleeping spot for their unborn child, I guess.

    If I saw that 16 and pregnant or whatever it is show on, I'd probably stop to watch it too. ;)

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    1. My grandmother had my mother at 17, and I've known plenty of teen parents who were responsible and raised good kids. The difference is accepting that as soon as baby is on the way...it's time to grow up and stop playing.

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    1. LOL. Doesn't bug me. I was the youngest of five kids, I have thick skin and noogie proof hair.

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  18. Some shows on tv are just that- guilty pleasure. Ridiculous to a fault. Mine to watch (while folding clothes and zoning out) is Shaws of Sunset. It's bloody awful. But I can't help from checking in on it, from time to time. :)

    I honestly think this generation is too lazy for words. Just pick up the crib you whiny little prat. Seriously, grow up and a set. I cringe to think of what kind of dad this kid will be. Sorry if this sounds a bit harsh, (especially coming from little ole me) but I have a similar thing going on with people I know. It's so frustrating. You want to shake the heck out of them and tell them it's not all about YOU anymore. Grow the heck up.

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    1. Don't even get me started on people, it makes me sound like my grandpa! But lazy, whiny, expect everything for nothing- I could go on and on. People would tell me all the time how "lucky" I am that I have good kids- it's not luck. I am blessed by God to have great souls to work with, but the parenting was always a priority and it was work.

      I'll stop there before I rant. LOL

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  19. Elizabeth, you called it!
    Congratulations to Cherie.

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  20. I'm in the midst of editing. I am envious of your 'done.' Stupid TV is fantastic for unwinding. Hopefully their whining will wise up other teens.

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    1. I think smart guys and gals will learn a lesson, the dumb ones will see the show and think they could get 15 minutes of fame the same way.

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  21. Hey, I'm just impressed you admitted to watching the show :)

    I gave up on everything MTV/VH1 in about 1987 - after I discovered "The Real World" wasn't, well, real :)

    PS... *So happy* to hear you're unwinding :)

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    1. Mark! You have a hat on. I feel so bad for you to be yanked from the sunshine into the gray of the East.

      I try to be honest...even when that truth leaves me looking like a silly twit.

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  22. Oh yes, there are some men out there who really, really, really shouldn't ever be fathers!

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    1. Yep. And some women should never be moms.

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  23. I agree with the men comments, but I also think the (willing and consenting) female should be held to account. After all, if she's going to go the extra mile without a condom, well, she should KNOW better! After all, there is no baby without her body. There are some PEOPLE out there who should never be parents! Yes, to edits being done! I'm raising my glass to you Elizabeth! Congrats to Cherie!!! Lisa, co-host AtoZ 2015, @ http://www.lisabuiecollard.com

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    1. BTW, I LOVE the title of this post! Lisa

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    2. Thanks!

      I am so happy to be done with this round of edits. As soon as they come back, I am sending you the cleaner copy to get your feedback.

      I agree, girls need to be held accountable too, and like Stephanie said, there are those incidents where women do it intentionally. The only reason I gave this girl a pass was that she was working toward doing the best in the situation. There are other couples where it's the girl I want to choke.

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  24. Watching shows like that does make you feel better about your own life. I mean, they are the bottom of the barrel.

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    1. 'LOL. I have thought that- that my life isn't so bad, look at these people- they're crazy!

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  25. I just hope shows like that put off any girls watching from getting knocked up by some jackass. There's got to be an upside somewhere!

    Congrats to Cherie. I've been seeing her book around.

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    1. I would hope girls would learn from other's mistakes. Sadly, MTV doesn't make much of an attempt at educating these kids on the show. It's pretty much just the drama.

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  26. You just helped me remember why I don't watch reality TV.

    Do you think the baby momma realizes yet that she's going to be raising this child on her own?

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    1. I think she was still wearing some rose colored glasses, but they had some pretty big scratches in them.

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