Last weekend I ran into a former student. She was in Target's baby section looking for baby items. I, like a dummy, asked her what she was up to and she said "I am up to 5 months pregnant!" Then she introduced me to her husband. She went on to say that they have been trying to get pregnant for over a year and they were finally blessed with pregnancy.
I was in shock. This girl is about 20 years old. It is not abnormal for her to be pregnant at this age but it was just shocking to think of my former students at the "having sex age" and at the pregnancy stage. I have often thought about students that I would like to connect with again and things that I would like to ask and discuss with them. Pregnancy has never crossed my mind as one of those topics.
This entire week I have thought about the encounter with this former student and have been trying to come to terms with my aging. (I was more concerned about myself than the girl - I admit it!)
Today, I had another big surprise. I ran into another former student. She was coming to pick up her little second grade sister next door. I gave her a hug and asked her how she was doing. It had been 10 years since I had seen her, she looked so beautiful! She told me that she is now a senior in high school. I then noticed a little boy that she was pushing in a stroller. Like a dummy (again!) I asked who the little cutie was. She said "my son!" I choked and asked how old he was. This little boy was almost 2 years old. She had him as a sophomore. This time I was concerned but not for me. I was worried for the former student and the little boy. I know the statistics on teenage moms and kids of teenage moms. I really hope that they both make it.