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Gather ye rose buds...

Lyzardly says:

For having lost but once your prime,
You may for ever tarry.


My grandmother used to warn me of this as I got "older" and had not yet settled down. Finally, when I reached the ripe old age of 20, my grandmother gave me the silverware she had been saving for my wedding... since, as she put it, I was "insistent on being alone."

Crazy Mormons! :)

1st Jun 2005, 13:01

Euphro says:

At 20! That's amazing :D Rural Ireland was renowned for the opposite, in a sense, where the sons and daughters of farmers often did not marry until their parents died and they inherited (quite a few ended up celibate in religious orders). Men marrying in their fifties, having lived with their parents all their lives, was not uncommon :)

1st Jun 2005, 16:41

Lyzardly says:

There was a Mormon Prophet fairly recently (can't remember which one) who said that an unmarried man over 25 is a menace to society.

Most women in Utah my age have at least two children. They feel pity for women like me. :D

1st Jun 2005, 16:59

Euphro says:

When I grew up in Ireland, my mother, who married at age 30, was seen as a bit of anomaly. She only had five children, for goodness sake! Things have changed enormously since then (thank goodness), but eight children was sort of the median and there were two families with 20 plus in the town where I grew up (mother and daughter, as it happened) :)

2nd Jun 2005, 18:46

Lyzardly says:

I come from a brood of eight. I've known a several families of 15-20 kids.

Some with many more, but they were polygamists. That sort of alters things a bit.


2nd Jun 2005, 19:08

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