Overheard at Wendy’s…

Posted On May 22, 2014

Child:       May I please have a double cheeseburger, fries, a coke and a vanilla frosty.

Mom:      And he only wants ketchup on that burger. I’ll have…

Child:       (sigh) I am 13.

Mom:      So?

Child:       So, I can order for myself.

Mom:      Except you didn’t. You forgot to tell them how you want it.

Child:       But you don’t have to fix it for me.

Mom:      (pause) You know, you’re absolutely right.

And with that 45-second exchange, faith in the next generation is restored. Perhaps iGen will arrive at the job site with a sense of responsibility and ownership after all (assuming they survive Fast Food Nation). Or maybe this new teen just wanted his mom out of his business. Could totally go either way, but I’m setting my Gen X cynicism aside for a moment and putting my money on this kid.

Categories: Generation X, iGen, Parenting