The value of marriage
is not that adults produce children,
but that children produce adults.
-Peter de Vries
Or so one would hope.
It appears that the spider who lives on our back porch is expecting.
Not to be a gossip monger or anything, but so is 17-year-old Jamie Lynn Spears. Three months after giving birth to her first child.
Sigh. What to say? Where to begin? This whole thing upsets me.
Motherhood is so hard; young motherhood even harder (and I was 21 when I had Jacob. I can’t imagine what it’s like at 17).
What kind of support system does a 17 year old have? What is it like to have to raise children in the face of a critical public eye? And most importantly, why didn’t she know better?
Is it really possible for someone who was apparently mature enough to have a job, give interviews, and otherwise live an “adult” life, to not know anything about proper birth control?
Really, I can’t feel anything but sorry for her. She was in such a hurry to become an adult. Well, there you go. There’s no going back now.
I wish her a safe pregnancy and I fervently hope that there is never any call for the media to bring her to my attention again. May they lead boring, responsible, happy, well-adjusted lives.
I can dream, can’t I?
What’s your take? I’m still sorting through how I feel about this.
The article I linked to above brings Bristol Palin’s pregnancy into the mix. Is that relevant? Unfair? Do you think these girls make teenage pregnancy seem more acceptable? Less so? Does marriage automatically legitimize being pregnant at 17?
(I promise never to blog about a member of the Spears family again. This is just what’s on my mind this morning, and nothing else was going to get done until I mentioned it.)