My sister’s son Christopher won a year’s supply of pickles for being terribly cute, and was written up in the local small-town paper:
PICKLE LOVERS WIN PRIZES
Two photogenic children from Battle Ground are among the winners of the annual Steinfeld’s Pickle Pucker Photo Contest.
Christopher XXXX, 15 months, son of Jacqueline Hurley of Battle Ground, won second place in the contest and will receive a one year supply of Steinfeld’s pickles….
The interesting part about this article? The interviewer apparently paused upon hearing that my sister’s last name was different from her son’s, and carefully asked, “Is there a Mr. XXXX?”
I told my mom that my sister should have said something to the effect of, “No, there isn’t. He’s a 20 year old kid who put in his five minutes, has no job, and doesn’t pay child support. This is my fucking kid.”
Unfortunately, she didn’t. So the guy’s name is still associated with this great kid’s, and my sister is busting her single-mom ass off to get all her ducks in a row.
After seeing my sister raising her kid, I’ve got a greater respect for single mothers. These women get nothing but shit from the media – the same media that tells them they’re going to hell for getting abortions, but refuse to provide her with free medical care and state-sponsored daycare.
Fuck those fuckers. They don’t live in the same world I do.