Little Girl Takes Photo With Exhausted Teen Parents - 17 Years Later We See That Their Parenting Was Done Great!
Growing up, a girl named Madeleine noticed much more about her family than her parents probably realised. Her mother was only 15 when she got pregnant while her dad was 17.
— Madeleine ⚽️ (@123alwayssmilen) October 15, 2017
One can only imagine how tough that must have been at the time. However, despite their age, the couple was determined to make it work with their daughter.
Madeleine saw how difficult things were with her parents and after her high school graduation, she wanted to do something to show her them how much their hard work and sacrifice meant to her. She also wanted to share their story to inspire anyone out there in a similar situation.
"We made it TOGETHER. My mom was 15 while pregnant with me, she had me at 16. My dad was 17. The original picture is from June, 2000. My parents were judged a lot during this time but stayed strong together. They both lived with their parents but were raising me together. They were determined to make it and provide me with a future. My dad worked full time in construction and my mom was still playing soccer. Today, they have a strong, loving marriage. They purchased a beautiful home. My mom is a stay at home mom and my dad has a great career as a longshoreman. I have two little sisters that are following in my footsteps.
The original photo has always been an inspiration to me. I wanted to recreate this photo since the beginning of my senior year but especially after I accepted my offer to college. I also wanted it to be a reflection to show them how far we've come together as a family. My parents have always been my motivation to be successful in high school and now strive to do well in college. I couldn't ask for a more loving, supportive family than the one God gave me. Yeah that's right, we made it TOGETHER."
On her Facebook page, Madeleine posted a photo of herself and her parents taken many years ago when she was just a baby. In the caption, she shared the story of how her mum and dad were judged as teen parents but this did not stop them from staying strong and together.
Even though they both lived with their parents at the time, they raised Madeleine together. To ensure they provided for her, her dad got a full-time job as a construction worker while her mother continued to play soccer.
"We made it TOGETHER!" Madeleine's post said. She then opened up about the fact that that old picture served as her inspiration growing up. It was what motivated her to work hard in high school and fueled her determination to do well in college too.
So, to celebrate the meaning of the photo, the teenage girl decided to recreate it during her high school graduation. In the sweet picture, Madeleine could be seen propped up on her father's shoulders while her mum wore a proud smile on her face.
The family sure came a long way and it was great to see that despite all the hurdle and uncertainty, they were still a strong unit and proved the naysayers wrong.