I went to the store to get catlady things (4 cans of cat food, a carton of milk, and some Yakult hihi), and decided to take the shuttle home from Rob Metro East because I had too much stuff with me. The shuttle I caught was one of those van-type things, and I sat in the back with the worst. fucking. family. I have ever seen in my entire 23 years on this planet.
As soon as I got on the van, the little kid -- probably 7 or 8 years old -- starting SCREECHING. And I mean SCREECHING. i have never heard such a fucking brat wail his lungs out so hard, I LITERALLY couldn't focus on anything. I was fumbling to count my change and hand it to the kuya, and the whole time, the kid's mom is just sitting there with a dumbfounded look on her face.
I gave this kid the sharpest glare I could muster. I wanted to slap him right across the face, or punch his mom in the mouth for being such a bad parent. When she noticed that I was staring daggers into her son's uvula, she started telling him off. "Tumigil ka nga!" ("Stop it!") was all she could tell him. She tried to cover his mouth with her hand but the child kept SCREAMING. I WANTED TO PUNCH SOMEONE. SERIOUSLY. I'd never in my whole life seen such a horrible, irresponsible parent.
Why am I blaming the mom so much? Well, in my experience, a child's behavior all boils down to how his or her parents treated him growing up. Spoiled kids are spoiled because their parents are pussies who can't stand to discipline them. Socially awkward children are socially awkward because their parents never gave them the time of day. Unruly children are unruly and don't listen to their parents because they learned, long ago, that their parents can't really do shit to stop them from doing whatever they want.
The kid stopped yelling after about ten minutes, and only because one of his ates, a BIG WOMAN (seriously, morbidly obese) probably in her late 20s, handed him her iPhone so he could play. If that doesn't tell you about the sort of disciplining that goes on in their family, I don't know what will.
But it doesn't end there.
So later on in the ride, the waif started to fall asleep. She was leaning against the BIG WOMAN a little, and this BIG WOMAN just SHOVES HER OFF, saying, "Wag ka nga sumandal sakin!" ("Don't lean against me!") The little girl ends up almost being pushed off the seat, and you can tell that she's just so sleepy from the ride, like most children would be. All the while she's still sucking her thumb, and my heart is breaking for her.
She repeatedly tries to find a good spot to fall asleep without falling off the seat, and more than once she almost falls on the floor before she jerks herself awake and scrambles back up to the seat. The two girls sitting on opposite sides of her aren't doing anything. They're pretending to ignore her. Or they're really just ignoring her.
Meanwhile, the little boy is watching videos on the BIG WOMAN's iPhone. BIG WOMAN is upset that the volume is too loud and she instructs the teenager to tell the little boy off.
Teenager: "Hinaan mo daw yan!" ("She says to turn the volume down!")
Little Boy: "E hindi ko marinig e!" ("But I can't hear it!")
Teenager: "Pake ko?" ("What do I care?")
What kind of conversation is this to have? Seriously? And the mom is just sitting there, mute as shit. I don't think I've ever been so disappointed in any other human being in my whole life.
So the little girl is falling asleep and falling off the chair, and she leans against the teenager slightly. I got the feeling that the teenager wanted to help the little girl out -- that she wasn't as horrible as the other people in the group were -- but she was in that phase where she was seeking the approval of the BIG WOMAN, who obviously didn't care for the waif. The teenager let the waif lean against her, but not without scoffing at her and telling her she was annoying.
Near the end of the trip, we took a sharp left, and the little girl ended up falling off the seat completely. I had to catch her in my arms because neither the teenager nor the BIG WOMAN were holding her. WHAT KIND OF HORRIBLE PEOPLE ARE YOU?
BIG WOMAN goes, "Di mo kasi hinahawakan e," ("Your fault for not holding onto her.")
Teenager apologizes, "Inaantok nadin ako e." ("I'm sleepy too.")
The mom FINALLY speaks. She says something along the lines of, "E ikaw paano mo hahawakan ang laki-laki ng braso mo." ("Of course, we can't count on you to hold onto her because your arms are huge.") and the BIG WOMAN proceeds to mock her LIKE A FUCKING CHILD.
REMEMBER, THIS IS A WOMAN IN HER LATE 20S, MOCKING HER OWN MOTHER.
The mom shuts up again. Oh wow.
The whole time, I'm staring daggers at them, wondering if I can take the waif onto my lap so she can at least find a comfortable position to sleep in, then take her to the barangay hall and call Bantay Bata. In the end, I guess I hate myself too because I didn't do anything. I didn't even mouth of to them.
Fuck, I hate manners sometimes, really. But more than that, I'm so fucking enraged that people like that mom can have children so freely. She obviously can't handle all of them -- she has this bratty fatass daughter who's basically an adult, this younger teen-aged daughter who's a pushover and is on the way to becoming like her ate, this spoiled brat of a son who is probably half-banshee, and this poor little waif-like daughter that she's neglected so much the girl has probably accepted that this is the norm.
Jesus Christ, PLEASE, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, DON'T HAVE CHILDREN IF YOU CAN'T HANDLE THEM. IT'S NOT EASY. Don't give in to baby fever. Children are expensive and they take a real commitment, and they'll be as much a reflection of you as you will be of them. Fucking use protection, for crying out loud.
And if you DO have kids, make them work for their privileges and don't just spoil them and give them whatever they want. THEY'RE KIDS. THEY'LL TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOU. THEY'RE SMARTER THAN YOU THINK. PLEASE DON'T FUCKING RAISE A HALF-BANSHEE CHILD AND TAKE THEM ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT. JUST HIDE IN YOUR CAVE AND NEVER COME OUT, YOU UNCIVILIZED FUCKS.
In the end, I got off the shuttle before the family did, so I don't even know if they live close by. I'm worried about the little girl, and I seriously wish someone can put those abusive assholes in their place. Definitely some of the vilest people I've ever met.