As a 23-year-old woman, the thought of being a mother is pretty terrifying. I feel like my teen years aren't far enough behind me for me to feel comfortable starting a family right now. Of course, women my age who do already have children are hardly a rarity, in fact, many of them are incredibly happy with their life choices. But that doesn't make it any more appealing for me.
But do you know what's even more unappealing than being a mother aged 23? Being a grandmother at age 23.
And although you're probably wondering how that's even possible - trust me it's possible. Just ask Rifca Stanescu, a Romanian Gypsy who, at the tender age of 12, gave birth to her first child, Maria.
And despite urging her daughter not to do the same, Maria, also gave birth to a child before hitting her teenage years. Shockingly, when Maria was just 11 years old, she gave birth to a baby boy called Ion.
Against her mother's wishes, she left home to get married when she was only ten and had her baby just six months later.
So how does this astonishing story begin?
Well, Rifca was born in 1985, and just over a decade later she married a jewelry seller by the name of Ionel Stanescu. She was just 11 at the time and he was 13.