..these days children mature early and marry late.
.blame it on their diet..or the quality of life..or on all those rich food from fastfood outlets and designer restaurants..or on changing lifestyles...girls tend to have their menstruation as early as nine and boys mature by the time they are ten or eleven...
at fifteen or sixteen, their bodies are ready for motherhood..like that fifteen-year old hitting the news for adamantly wanting to get married, Halimaton Ab. Rashid...she looks twenty..and ready for marriage..and knows her mind..and I applauded her steadfastness..
but these days it is the norm to marry late..never mind the hormones or the testorone..or their over developing bodies..basic schooling have to be completed..college and university after that.. and maybe additional tertiary education before they can even think of entering the job market...and by the time they can start thinking of marrying, they are pushing thirty..
in the meantime they must learn how to control all those hormones and testorone effect and wayward desires as best as they can..not too successfully, judging by the number of babies found in dustbins and drains..
..those days they marry early and mature late...
..girls are known to start menstruating at 17..again we put the blame on the diet and the quality of life then..but they marry at fourteen or fifteen, waiting a few years before consummation of their marriage..by the time their hormones start to play havoc, they are safely married, so to speak..less babies in dustbins and drains..
..these days children are healthier than their parents..they are prettier, taller, better built and sometimes, more intelligent..they are wise to the ways of the world...information are instantaneous..and unlimited..they are exposed to porn earlier..by their 13th or 14th year, it is at their fingertips..cyber friendship and cyber porn..
..those days children listen to their parents..these days parents listen to their children..
..and yet, parents would rather impose their terms on them..as in the case of Halimaton..we say she is too young, when she is not..whereas those days we allow them to marry at 15..we do not think of them as too young, then..whereas in reality, they are...
..so, why can't a girl of fifteen marry and continue with her schooling..?