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Is this weird?


I heard this story, and it just struck me as being odd. Apparently it's a true story, but I can't say that I know for sure. I thought it was a crazy, but sweet, story, so I wanted to share! If you've got opinions, I want to hear them! I apologize in advance for the length. Here we go:

    A boy was born to Russian parents, who shortly after the birth left Russia for America. They lived for a short time in New Hampshire, and when the boy was 4, his young parents decided they "didn't want him anymore," so they put him up for adoption.
    The young boy spent years in multiple orphanages, and was placed in a foster home when he was 12. When he was 14, he started working for his friend's father, a machinist. Apparently, he had what seemed like a god-given talent -- he was very gifted in working with his hands, machines & mechanics, etc. After two years of this experience, at age 16, the boy's friend's father sent the boy to New Jersey, to have "a real apprenticeship" with a master of the field (I can't remember exactly what it was referred to as -- something to do with the mechanics of machinery). 
    While apprenticing for the man, the boy met his daughter, who was 3 years younger than he was, 13. For 2 years more, until he was 18, the boy continued apprenticing for the man and he too became exceptionally talented at what he did.
    [I'm going to skip all the mushy nonsense. The bottom line is that the boy "fell in love" with the man's daughter, who is 15 at this point].
    Being 18, the boy aged out of the foster care system and was, for the most part, on his own. He began permanently working for the man, while meanwhile his relationship with the young girl blossomed. 
    A year later, he was 19 and she was 16, and with the permission of the man (the boy's boss and the girl's father), they moved to New Hampshire together and bought a house, where they are still living. 

I can't tell you the rest of the story, because it's still happening! That's why I'm asking for your opinions -- this whole idea baffles me. If this had happened during the 1800s/early 1900s, it wouldn't surprise me. But I'm completely in shock that the boy was born in 1993, and all of this has happened since then. Can you believe it? 
Being around their age, I have to wonder, how can this be at all possible? There is no way in the bloody blue ocean that my father would let me move 5 hours away from NJ to NH at 16 years old with a 19 year old boy. WHAT?! Is that even legal?

Anyway, I just wanted to share and hear your thoughts! 

Sep 17, 2012 @ 08:44 am

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Oh, yeah! I forgot!

I forgot to mention that they are both attending high school as this is all happening.
Sep 17, 2012 @ 08:45 am

It happens more then you think

Depending on what country people are from this happens a lot. My grandmother was 13 when she married my grandfather and he was 21. What would be said about this now. NO way that would fly today, but it was a different time then and a lot of people bring their beliefs with them when they move to a new country and continue to fallow them. Myself I wouldn't let my kids do this at this age, but that's just me. People just have different life's and different beliefs then a lot of us do. Its doesn't surprise me at all, but I'm also a lot older then you are, so I've seen it happen more then you have.
Sep 17, 2012 @ 11:45 am


I have a hard time believing this is true. It would be reasonable to assume that if they are living together, they are having sex. At their respective ages, this is statutory rape so wouldn't social services/police have intervened? And what parent would allow their 16 year old daughter to move so far to live with a boyfriend? I don't buy this story, honestly.

I do remember a case from a few years back that was widely reported (http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/04/artyom-savelyev-russian-boy-rejected-by-adoptive-us-mother-adjusting-in-foster-care/) about a woman who had buyer's remorse and sent her 7 year old adopted Russian son home on a plane.
Sep 17, 2012 @ 11:46 am

WOW... Sweet

That actually melted my heart. It makes me believe that their is still true love out there in the world. This almost seems like a fairy tale, but it is real.
Sep 18, 2012 @ 04:29 pm


This actually happens a lot. I'm a photographer, and I meet a lot of models who bring their bfs to the shoots, and after some conversation, I found in a lot of cases they live together, and have been for a while. A lot of kids now leave their parents at younger ages. Around 16 actually, whether because they are going through a rebellious stage, or their parents are just not very good at being parents and they find they are better on their own. Some people are actually better off with someone other then their parents. And well, puppy love is puppy love. They must be completely infatuated with each other, I can't imagine this being unhealthy.
Sep 20, 2012 @ 11:46 pm

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