Re: Aging Parents Too Young To Have a Mother That Old?
This article kind of annoyed me. First of all, most women in their late 30s and 40s are
aware of their age and that they will not live as long as their younger mother counterparts. I, for one, did not have children to keep me young, although, it has had that effect. I had children at an older age, because I was physically incapable of having them younger. It was not a choice, it was a biological reality.
Yes, older parents may not live as long as younger ones. However, that is not always the case. My dad's parents were 39 and 54 when he was born. My mother's parents were in their early 20s. My dad was around 30 when his dad died at age 87. My mom was around 28 when her dad died at age 62. Both of my mother's parents died before she hit 35. My dad was close to 50 when his mother died.
I have talked to my dad about having such an old father. There were problems. Grandpa was sick most of my Dad's childhood. He had to grow up faster than some kids because he had a father he had to help take care of. By the time I came around, Grandpa had recovered from these problems and was totally healthy until the day he died. One of the bad sides of having older parents was he sometimes felt like he missed out on things. One of the good things was he was very, very close to his parents. He was much closer to his parents than his friends who had younger parents. So it is not all bad news.
I feel like this writer has only bad things to say about older mothers without the good points. Obviously, there are some good things about having older parents. Too bad she didn't explore any of them.