The new season of MTV's hit show 16 and Pregnant started Tuesday night and from the looks of it, this season is going to be just as depressing as all the past ones.
Tonight's moms were Mackenzie, a pretty little cheerleader from Oklahoma whose whole life was altered by the arrival of her (nearly 10 pound) baby boy and Katie, whose story was pretty much the same -- Broken ambition, family issues, and depressing, sob, sob.
As I got ready to watch the show, my husband had a slip up and asked me if I was watching "16 and Pathetic." Indeed, it sort of felt like I was.
Mackenzie is a girl who is only a junior in high school (he was born the first day of her junior year) and now she is a mom -- a mom who makes money from recycling cans, no less. If that is not depressing, I don't know what is.
Truth be told, Mackenzie is a fine girl. She is a little whiny, sure, but generally her priorities are right. She went right back to school, she highly prioritized her own interests (cheer-leading) and she is clearly in love with her baby daddy.
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But even with all those benefits and happy things, her life is still sad. If nothing more, I hope this show serves as a reminder to girls that the things they love will go away if they make bad decisions.
Mackenzie's biggest love was cheer-leading and her determination to get back into it was admirable. I can't judge it given my first run after birth was only five days later. Even still, watching her try to do her tumbling with her baby sleeping on the sidelines was a truly sad scene.
After Mackenzie, we were treated to the story of Katie, who also had big dreams. She wanted to go to college in Denver and grad school for psychology. I will say this for her: Unlike Mackenzie, Katie is not a stereotype, which, in many ways, makes it even more sad.
The scene where she tells her friend about turning down the college of her dreams to have a baby, I actually cried. It is almost more sad when the girls actually had direction.
Unlike Amber or Jenelle who probably would be doing the same things they are -- getting into legal trouble and bar brawls -- both Katie and Mackenzie could have done something else.
As the mom of a daughter, watching these girls is a sobering reminder that in 11 years, I will have a 16-year-old daughter and I can only hope and pray that she makes better decisions than these girls, both of whom willfully did not take birth control, Mackenzie because she did not want to "gain weight" and Katie just because. It's hard not to scream at the TV when you hear people talk like that.
It's a mom's nightmare. I just hope my own children keep their ambition in mind, even in the heat of the moment. Or, better yet, I hope they wait until after high school to have sex.
Babies are a blessing, sure. But they are a blessing for which timing is everything. There is nothing happy about two girls whose dreams were altered before they could even open their wings. It is just sad. And yes, it's pathetic, too.
Oh 16 & Pregnant, you kill this mom. What a heartbreaking show.
Did these episodes make you sad, too?
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