Uber Side Story – Part II, Maria’s tale

This story, is a continuation of my last post – Uber Side Story, where I picked up “Tony” who unexpectedly shares a ride with “Maria”.  When we last left these 2 crazy kids, we got to hear Tony’s side and how we just dropped him so that he could buy the bong he always wanted for his birthday, which I am sure he has gotten plenty of use out of since. We now pick up with Maria’s story, that, while it might not be as colorful as Tony’s, I feel that it no less interesting.

For those who did not read part one of Uber Side Story, let me give a brief recap of how we got here.  Basically, Tony had requested an Uber and was walking out of work at the same time that Maria was leaving.  These 2 had never talked to each other before, but to help Maria out so she would not have to wait for a bus, Tony offers to share the Uber.  What a nice guy.  The conversation mostly revolves around Tony while he is in the car.  Although, we do find out that Maria, like Tony, had recently moved to the area, but that was about it – Oh and that she does not know of any good gay bars in the area nor smokes pot.

After we drop Tony off, we talk a little about pot smoking and about not having much of a social life now that we have kids.  Oh, yeah, I forgot to mention, Maria is a single mother of 3 – ages ranging from 8 – 15.  She says, that she moved here to get away from her ex and live with her mother.  She proceeds to tell me about her 3 kids.  The youngest, a girl, has been pretty easy so far.  She stays out of trouble and does pretty good in school.

The middle child, is a boy.  He too stays out of trouble, but not so great at school.  Apparently the kid is really into sports.  Loves basketball and baseball and is pretty good at them, just doesn’t spend the time on school work.  I let her know that I was pretty much the same way when I was a kid and I did what I needed to to get by.  It wasn’t until I got to High School, where I started hanging out with a bunch of guys that not only had the same passion for sports,  but were also pretty good in school that things started to change.  Hanging out with them made me realize that I could still enjoy sports, but also do well in school.

Then we come to her oldest, who had been doing good in school, until they moved.  She said that at first she was happy because her oldest was able to make friends early on. Problem was, these were not the greatest kids.  Her daughter had been cutting school and even got caught drinking a few times.  Maria is now focused on trying to save up some money so that she can move to Georgia.   I asked if she had family or friends down there and she said no, but that she had visited there a few times and really liked it. She thought it would be a good place to start over again and that she needs to do this to make things better for her kids.

I drop her off and she says it was nice to be able to talk to someone and thanks me for the conversation.  I thank her and wish her the best of luck.  At this point, it was getting late in the night and I just turn the app off and head home.

On the way home, I start thinking about my daughters and even how it was when I was growing up.  While family has a big influence on how we turn out, our friends also have an impact on us.  It really made me appreciate not only the friends that my daughters have made but also the ones that I made while I was growing up. To all my friends and family – I thank you.

As for Tony and Maria, I wish her the best with her and her children and that they can find what they are looking for in Georgia.  As for Tony, I hope that he continues to be the nice guy that shares an Uber for those in need and wish him a life time of “highs” with his new bong.

And with that, I will end this Uber Side Story.

Photos by Suzanne Drake Photography