My father has a chavrusa who is a source of amusement to MP and I. My father insists that he is one of the most brilliant people he has ever met. Mind you, my father is an extreme genius, who works in an intellectual field and thus deals with some seriously brilliant people. So trust me, when my father says someone is smart, they are.
Why do we find this man amusing? Well, it's because he is a 22 year old belzer chassid.
And he has 2 kids.
No, that wasn't a typo. He got married at the age of 19, and now, three years later, he has 2 kids. It's a little weirder when you put into perspective. He is the same age as MP! (And naturally he is a lot more worried about our respective states of single hood than my father is.)
Something he told my father recently made me really laugh though. He told my father the following joke. Belz considers themselves to be a very open minded chasidus, as opposed to Skvere (New Square), which apparently, is considered quite the opposite. So he said:
"In New Square, they get married so young, when a couple has shalom bayis problems they come and give them each a lolly pop."
Yeah, it's especially amusing coming from a guy who got married at 19, huh?
It got me thinking...to me, this man is pretty extreme. He got married really young. To him, I'm a spinster with absolutely no hope of ever getting a semi-decent shidduch as a result of my age. And a guy (bucher;) from new square who gets married at 18 is extreme, getting married so young.
Isn't this the way it always goes in life? Like they say about driving: "everyone who drives slower than you is an idiot, and everyone who drives faster is a maniac."