Yes, I think my parents had no choice but to grow up quickly, in certain aspects. My dad came to the US when he was 18 so he had to learn to be a productive and respectable person in a new country with a new language. Not an easy thing to do. My mom had to learn to care for other people starting when she was a child, because she's the 3rd oldest daughter of 12 children. It's something she cannot turn off despite being like 60 now.
Me? I dunno, I feel I've been through a lot too. I think I was allowed to grow up more slowly in general because I had more stability in my home life, but I also dealt with things my parents never had to because I'm a different person and grew up in a different time compared to them. But that was the whole point of them coming to the US, so I could do just that
Hmm, they seemed older, but they didn't really look too much older at my age then as I do now. my dad died when he was 38 and im 35 now. So thats drawing near lol 😆I actually forgive them more now for the parenting mistakes they made on me. My mom was 25 when I was born. I can't imagine having a kid at that age.. it explains some of her immaturity at that age. Forgive some of it not all😂🤣
I don't know if it's more life experience or what, but I've seen photos of my grandparents and they looked 32 when they were 15 and by the time they actually were in their 30s and 40s they looked in their 60s by my recollection...my mother always looked pretty young, my father was already quite a bit older but I honestly couldn't identify him if my life depended on it right now
At my age, the entirety of their life experience was really just related to having kids. So they just seemed like kids with kids. And frankly, that vibe kinda stuck around. I feel older than I felt like my parents were when I was five-years-old and they were my age now. But I can't really speak to how they felt, so who knows. But I'm sure they feel like their parents were older than them at their ages now, because
like you say, at their ages now their parents were grandparents. Oh, and they were also retired, or a couple of em were. Ain't like that no more.
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