This Beautiful Inheritance: Small Town Life: We Marry Young

Friday, May 31, 2013

Small Town Life: We Marry Young

I was 19 when I got married. I had just finished my freshman year of college, and in my mind, I had waited LONG ENOUGH, after putting off our original plans to get married right after high school.

Yes, 19 does sound young. What were my parents thinking to pay for a wedding and walk me down the aisle at 19? Well, they were thinking I waited almost three years longer than my mom did.

My mom had been 17 less than a month when she and my dad got married on June 18, 1982.

My mom, 17, and dad, 21, heading out for their honeymoon

They've now been happily married for more than 30 years.

I've heard the average age that Americans get married is 26. However, I know in small towns, it's much, much younger. Practically everyone in my (large) family has married young, which to some, is a death sentence for marriage. But you know what? I'd put our divorce rate up against anyone's. Because while 50% of this country's marriages are ending in divorce, couples in my family are celebrating 20, 30, and 40 year anniversaries.

I think it all comes back to what we value most. People in small towns, generally speaking, value family. We don't view marrying young as a death sentence for our marriages or our futures. We want to be married. We want to raise families. And we want to do it now. To us, it's the most important thing. In fact, we value it so much, we just may make it work.

Yes, we may "grow up," after getting married; we may mature and change. But if the commitment level is high enough, the starting age doesn't matter. My family is the proof of it.

My mom and dad last year, shortly after their 30th wedding anniversary// credit: Kerr Photography

Also, I'd like to announce the winner of my "Princess Bible Purse" giveaway. Congratulations Danielle Lusk! I'll email you shortly about claiming your prize.

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