New Moms

World's Youngest Grandmother -- 23 Years Old!

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

What were you doing when you were 23? It's an easy bet to say you weren't cooing over your grandchild. Unless you are a woman in Romania who may be the world's youngest grandmother.

The story of Rifca Stanescu is sweeping through Europe, with many media outlets reporting the story on how she became a grandmother two years ago when she was 23.

According to the British tabloid The Sun, Stanescu gave birth to a daughter named Maria when she was just 12 years old. That daughter had a son, Ion, when she was 11. The boy is now two.

"I am happy to be a grandmother, but I wished something else for Maria -- and something else for me," Stanescu told The Sun. "Ion is a good boy, and he is already engaged to a girl aged 8. Boys are always good to have; they don't have to suffer as much girls, I think."

The reports say that virginity is prized in gypsy culture, and because of that, women are married young so that husbands can be sure their new wives are virgins.

"I did not try to stop my daughter getting married because this is the tradition," Stanescu told the Daily Mail. "It's what happens."