I don’t want to take a single bit of the shine off Beth. Everything she’s achieved so far, everything she is and everything she’ll become is all her: she’s amazing! But seeing how amazing she is, how well she’s turned out, does feel like two fingers up at everyone who judged both of us because I had her at 18.
All those ‘ooh babies having babies’ comments. All the raised eyebrows, tuts and shuns. Every horrid person who left me standing up on the bus when I was hot and fat and pregnant (particularly the old bag who stopped her husband giving me his seat saying ‘serves her right’), I wish they could all see us now.
So perhaps it isn’t ideal to be a teen mum – it certainly isn’t the path I’d choose for her, but that doesn’t mean that it’s the end of the world or that all young mums are rubbish parents or that all children of young mums are ‘doomed’.
I’m proud of Beth, so proud and so grateful that she’s given me the chance to feel this way and feel like we proved the judges wrong 🙂
Thanks Beth, love Mum x