A Fujian woman has, by stroke of fate, become a grandmother at the age of 23. According to Sohu, this makes her the youngest grandmother in her village, if not the world. But it doesn’t end here. Her daughter-in-law is actually her school friend of the same age.
So how in the world did this come about? The girl, named Xiao Fang, left high school at the age of 16 to join a theatre group, where she met and fell in love with a man who was twice her age. He was 32, and played the drums. It was love at first sight. Initially the marriage raised a few eyebrows, especially as the 32 year-old widower already had a 15 year-old son from his previous marriage. Despite this, Xiao Fang and her step-son had a close relationship; he would occasionally tease her and call her ‘stepmother’, and would ask her to introduce him to girls. One day, she introduced him to her school friend; the pair married as soon as they were of legal age and had a baby boy in the first year of marriage.
Now, when the husbands are away at work, Xiao Fang and her daughter-in-law/classmate are often seen taking the baby out for a walk in their village. Some of the locals would jokingly call out to them, “Oh look, three generations of your family are all out today.”
First 12 year old mothers, and now 23 year old grandmothers. Perhaps being single by 30 may really be punishable by law in a couple of years. A few young Weibo users are (in jest we hope) admitting to feeling under pressure to find a partner:
@拍拍手1314: “I’m 18 and I don’t even have a boyfriend. I have forsaken my country, I cannot keep up with the trends. I’m an outcast. Just ignore me.”
Some have been quick to draw valuable life lessons from this story: “Be good to your classmates. One day they could be your mother-in-law.”
[Image credit: @theperplexingparadox]