When I was born, one of my grandmas was 63, and the other one was somewhere in her 50s. Typical grandma age, nothing exciting there. I knew some people had younger grandparents than I did, but nothing compared to what I just read on Monday.
Apparently, the youngest grandmother on record has just been revealed. Rifca Stanescu from Romania has become a grandmother at the age of 23. 23!!! (Great Grandma is elderly by comparison, she is 40.)
Can you imagine that? Rifca eloped at the age of 11 and had her daughter Maria at the age of 12. The reason she eloped so young was because she was afraid her father was going to force her to marry someone else that lived her village, so she took matters into her own hands. Anyway, Rifca had higher hopes for her own daughter, but instead, daughter Maria got married at the age of 10 and had a baby 6 months later (when she was 11). Doing some basic math, that leads me to believe she got pregnant first and then got married.
I cannot imagine being pregnant at 10. For one thing, I am not even sure if I understood how babies were made when I was 10. If I did, I certainly was not interested in participating in that activity. I think I weighed about 65 pounds when I was that age. I can’t imagine the toll a pregnancy would take on such a small body. Then of course, the physical and emotional toll of caring for a baby.
What kind of future do these people have? At the age of 10, you have an elementary level of education. Does this mom ever have a chance of getting a degree or having a career? What kind of role does an 11 year old husband take on? He can’t bring home a paycheck I don’t imagine. It is playing a child’s game of ‘house‘, but it is for real. This whole concept is so foreign to me, I wonder how common it is in other countries. Not to mention how ridiculous it is that children are allowed to get married at such a young age in the first place.
Where I grew up, some teen girls did get pregnant, but at least they were in high school. I had one friend whose mom was a teen mother- my friend was born when her mom was 16. My friend then became pregnant herself at 16 and laughed how her mom would be a grandma at 32. ha ha ha ha. Actually, it isn’t funny at all. I think babies are wonderful, but the teen years are the not the ideal time to be having children. It is a serious situation and not something to be taken lightly and laughed about. Gosh, her son would be 27 years old right now. I wonder if she is a grandma by now. I wonder why these cycles repeat? You would think that the struggles of young parenthood would be a common topic of conversation in these households and that the kids of young parents would wait extra-long to get pregnant. Or, is it ‘well my mom did the same thing, so she can’t be mad at me’?
So, out of curiosity, how old was the youngest grandma you ever knew of? Did you see many teen pregnancies when you were in high school?