One Facebook user shared an inspiring photo along with a meaningful message to her family, showing gratitude for her once teen parents. The photo, which was shared to the Love What Matters Facebook page, shows Facebook user Madeleine on the shoulders of her young father on her mother’s graduation day back in 2000.
Madeleine explains that her mother was 15 years old while pregnant while her father was 17. The couple faced a lot of judgment during her birth but remained together and focused on being a family. Although they faced the hardships of any teen parents (stigma, balancing school and careers, maturing together) they managed to always make things work.
“We made it TOGETHER,” wrote Madeleine in the Facebook post. “My mom was 15 while pregnant with me, she had me at 16. My dad was 17. The original picture is from June 2000.” Madeleine admitted that it wasn’t an easy time for her parents: “My parents were judged a lot during this time but stayed strong together. They both lived with their parents but were raising me together,” shared the Facebook user. “They were determined to make it and provide me with a future. My dad worked full time in construction and my mom was still playing soccer.”
Madeleine says that her parents were able to rise above the many challenges and posted the picture of her mother’s graduation day alongside her own graduation photo to show how far they’ve come. They even recreated the original photo with Madeleine once again on her father’s shoulders, adding a nostalgic touch to the powerful photo.
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