A mother and her teenage daughter are on my corner having an argument.
The kid wants to take a taxi, and mom the bus.
Mind you, they look very affluent in blazers and fancy jeans, but the mother is adamant about taking public transportation.
I linger to listen.
Mother: There is nothing wrong with taking the bus young lady. You need to start being more mindful about money.”
I totally agree since it’s 4 bucks just to open the fucking taxi door.
Kid: You mean like you, who just dropped 600 bucks at Bergdorfs?”
Mother: That’s got nothing to do with it, and watch your mouth.”
“Kid: I’ll pay.”
Mother: “With what. You told me you already spent your allowance.”
Kid: “I have my Visa card.”
Mother: “That your father pays, so no, we are taking the bus.”
The kid is beside herself. If it were my mother, after one word, she would have gotten a good smack then left on the corner, without her Visa.
So she pulls out her trump card and cries.
The mother relents jumping in a taxi.
I go home and write this.
Alright, it’s not exactly Moby Dick, but it happened.