Story of Yasmine
My name’s Yasmine. I got married at 15 from a man I really love which means that I got married out of love when no one blessed our marriage. This way, I knew that when someone is in love, he/she is blinded to anything else. I tried to break up with him, but I couldn’t: I loved him. When no one agreed to me getting married, I got really sad and started to cry, then my father accepted under the condition that I continue my studies. I passed the school year, but I couldn’t continue to the 9th grade since here in Lebanon, I had to go to a faraway area in order to make it to the 9th grade. However, I am currently registered in a nursing course, so I am still continuing my studies.
My love and I got engaged and got married a year later. I wore a dress, and so a wedding happened. It wasn’t like I imagined it would be. The wedding was at home. Everyone I know came, but it wasn’t a grand wedding.
My childhood was a primary part of my life; I used to attend school and visit my relatives. They used to visit us as well. My childhood used to give me a sense of affection from everyone. I still do get affection but it’s only from one person. It’s different from what I felt as a child.
Also, a child does not have any worries or responsibilities. Now, as an adult, we have rent, bills to pay, and food to provide.
The part that I love most in my relationship with my husband is the respect and understanding that we share. It’s rare for us to argue; any decision that we take is based on mutual dialogue and compromise. There’s just an issue with my mother-in-law who didn’t want me to marry her son in the first place, so she keeps on nagging at me.
When I first got pregnant at 15, I was not ready to be a mom even though it’s a nice feeling. I still feel that it was way too early; I had to wait a bit more to be ready. At the time, I wanted to abort, but I couldn’t. I feel that every girl should know about contraceptive methods and abortion techniques before getting married. What’s even more important is that no one should force anyone to do anything he/she doesn’t want to do whether it was getting married or anything else.