17 + 17 + 19 = 53. Isn’t it really easy to become Germany’s youngest great-grandmother?
Manuela Mixdorf from Berlin-Weißensee laughs when she opens this bill: “Great-grandmother sounds so old, but for me it is an honor.” At an age when others are still mothers of school children, the geriatric nurse has her first great-granddaughter in the arm.
Two weeks ago, Yuna (meaning “The Desired One”) was born healthy, weighed 3,040 grams, was 50 centimeters tall. Her mother Amanda is only 19 years old herself – but considering the family tradition, she is already a late child.
Great-grandma Manuela remembers: “It all started with my mother Karin. She was 17 years old when I was born, ”says Manuela.
She became pregnant at the age of 16 and had her daughter Mandy (36) at 17. “My mother never enlightened me at the time,” she says. “Then it just happened to my first boyfriend.” Later three more children follow: Marcel (30), Maria (28), Mario (26).
Their eldest daughter Mandy also has their first daughter Amanda at the age of 17. “It was a shock when I was six months old when I found out that I was pregnant,” says the saleswoman. “I didn’t have a baby bump and my period was regular.” She also had three children later (17, 14 and 12).
Now her daughter Amanda (19) has made Mandy a grandmother and Manuela probably the youngest great-grandmother in Germany. By the way, that was Manuela’s mother Karin, who died in 2013. She even became a great-grandmother at the age of 51.
But what about the Uropas?
Amazing: Neither Manuela, Mandy nor Amanda were together when their first children were born, nor with their respective father, nor has any of them ever married. Despite the difficult situation, none of them had an idea of an abortion.
“My teacher at the time advised me to have the child taken away,” says great-grandma Manuela. “I just said: This is my child and I made the decision on my own.” 19-year-old Amanda’s ex-partner was also against her having the child. Her mother Mandy says: “She decided against him and for the child.” The women stick together, help each other. Even without men. Or straight.
And Manuela is already looking forward to the fact that in 17, 18, 19 … years she will be Germany’s youngest great-great-grandmother.