She is 21 and her daughter is 15: "When I say we are mother and daughter, nobody believes me"
April 17, 2023
Maybe it's not always true that there's an age for everything: should we stop going to discos just because we're middle-aged parents? And aren't there child prodigies who graduate before they become teenagers? In short, there is a recommended age to have certain experiences, but nothing prevents one from breaking these "common customs".
But we can promise you this: the subject of this story has gone far beyond what it is advisable for anyone to do.
Hunter Nelson is a 21-year-old college student and also works partime. Hunter is also a mother. A little young, perhaps, but not that uncommon. But what makes Hunter's case unusual is the following: she is legally the mother of a 15-year-old girl!
This seems impossible, but here's the thing: Hunter is 15-year-old Gracie's half-sister and she adopted Gracie following the death of their biological dad and Gracie's mom. In the wake of this tragedy, Hunter decided to adopt Gracie as her daughter, despite opposition from the family.
Hunter was not put off by this, however: at the age of 21 she became the legal guardian of her stepsister, who was just 6 years younger than she was. But what is Hunter's life like now?
"Every now and then I stop to reflect on my situation and I admit that it still feels strange to me. I chose to take care of Graicie because I knew she didn't fit in with rest of the family, but sometimes I think I'm not up to this role: the other day I went to pick her up from school by car and we tried to have a "driving school" lesson on the way back - I only just learned to drive myself". Hunter told her story in a video that she then posted to social media.
Naturally, many users were shocked at the news of Hunter "being a parent" to a girl who is only 6 years younger than she. But things seem to be working out for Hunter and Gracie.
The two say that are happy and their bond is stronger than ever. Certainly, Hunter had a lot of courage to take on this heavy responsibility for the wellbeing of someone she loves very much. What do you think of Hunter's choice?