I saw Juno over the holidays and I really enjoyed it. I thought it was funny and smart. But it left me feeling a little conflicted. The story is about a 16-year old girl who has sex with a boy that is not really her boyfriend and she gets pregnant. I went to see a movie about teenaged pregnancy with my teenaged daughter. Since it's a movie everybody lived happily ever after, of course we know in the real world of teenaged pregnancy there is no happily ever after.
Or is there?
On the way home from the movie my daughter asked me how old grandma was when she had me. "Twenty-six". Then she asked how old I was when I had her. "Thirty".
What the heck is she asking me all these questions for?
There was a scene in the movie where Juno's father and step-mother are having a conversation about Juno's situation and they said that they would prefer her to be expelled from school or on hard drugs as opposed to being pregnant at 16. I have mixed feelings. Actually, I don't have mixed feelings. I don't want my daughter getting pregnant if she's not equipped to handle the situation. This is why the movie left me feeling conflicted ... because I loved this movie but they portrayed Juno as someone who was equipped to handle the situation. I'm not buying it. Being a teenager is hard enough without throwing a baby into the mix. Juno decided that the best thing to do for all concerned would be to put the baby up for adoption. That I agree with. But how many times have you seen a young Black girl make that choice? Why do we feel this obligation to birth and raise a child that we are not ready to birth and raise? I'm just saying, I've come across many young girls who found themselves in that situation and it was as if they weren't aware of their options. They assumed their fate was sealed. Why are kids so determined to do things the hard way? I've told both my teenagers that there is an easy way to do things and there is a hard way. Be smart, stay focused and choose the easy way.
I'm rambling now and I know it so I'm going to cut this short. It was a good movie and if you haven't seen it you should see it.