C for China: Made in China

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The third letter of the alphabet makes its grand entry today! 

“Pillu! How many times have I told you to stop texting when we are walking?” I yell as I pull my fifteen year old out of the path of an oncoming cyclist.
“8,307 times Ma, to be precise.” Pat comes the reply.
“Stop acting over smart. Give me your phone.” I say firmly, putting out my hand.
“You’re the one acting like Lady Hitler!” he says with a sulk on his face.
Willing myself to start over, I reason that treating him as an adult would probably be a better solution.
“Pillu, do you think Indian parents are strict?” I ask him softly.
“Na, but it would have been fun to be Made in China,” he says, his fingers making double quotes in the air.
Wait, what? Whoa. China? Where did that come from? Huh?
“Ma, China’s soooo coooool,” he goes on. “They have these smartphone pedestrian lanes, ya know! Aside from the regular walking lanes, yoo! Sooo awesome, imagine having whole lanes to yourself, no lady Hitlers bothering you!” 
And somehow I know, I’m wasting my time.

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Mobile phone sidewalks, a 100 ft. cellphone lane, are a technologically driven reality in China – for people who love to text as they walk. Over the top but true. http://www.theguardian.com/world/shortcuts/2014/sep/15/china-mobile-phone-lane-distracted-walking-pedestrians
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