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Did you have a coming of age ceremony?

Many cultures have coming of age ceremonies.

I was told I could have a QuinceaƱera or if not that then a Sweet Sixteen, but I ended up doing nothing special on the 15th b-day and the 16th b-day was just me and a friend pigging out on junk food and blaring music and movies all night--it was awesome!

I didn't get my license until I was almost 18.

I bought cigs when I turned 18 (for my mother; I tried them before that and didn't like them).

I bought alcohol at 21 (in a strip club, lol).

What rites of passage or coming of age ceremonies did you have?


Asked by AmourSpork at 9:29 PM on May. 19, 2011 in Just for Fun

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  • Got my license at 16. Went to college at 17. Got married at 21, first child at 22. Nothing specific like a sweet sixteen or anything...

    Answer by saphire_eyes802 at 10:11 PM on May. 19, 2011

  • I got my drivers license on my 16th birthday and moved out of my parents' house on my 18th birthday.

    Answer by JulieJacobKyle at 9:34 PM on May. 19, 2011

  • I moved out of my abusive father's house at 18. Got my driver's license at 20. Got married at 20. Started divorce proceedings on my 21st birthday. Was finalized when I was 22. Had my first child at 22.

    Yeah, no real coming of age celebrations for me, unless you count that I'm still alive at all.

    Answer by Rosehawk at 9:52 PM on May. 19, 2011

  • Oh, I got married at 18, too. It was a couple of months later though, not like a coming of age or anything. Bought a house at 20, had my first baby at 23.

    Answer by JulieJacobKyle at 10:13 PM on May. 19, 2011

  • I guess when I was 21 and in college and I actually could buy beer legally and with friends off campus at the bars.
    That could have been a "coming of age". I guess.
    Maybe a more important occasion was when I lost my virginity to my future husband when I was 23? THAT was some kind of coming of age! LOL.
    Before that, I didn't really get excited about birthdays and nobody celebrated "Sweet 16" when I was a kid. All of that stuff is pretty new. I grew up in the 1950's.It was laid back and simple....we didn't throw away money. LOL. Have you seen some of those Sweet 16 shindigs? WHat a joke! @@ Just flushing money down the toilet! And don't get me started on how much money is wasted for weddings. :-)

    Answer by minnesotanice at 10:29 PM on May. 19, 2011

  • Well I did have a Quinceanera, but not your typical poofy dress one.
    I had my first child at 18
    Got my place at 18
    Got married at 20
    Had my second child at 22

    Answer by GomezMami2908 at 10:34 PM on May. 19, 2011

  • I got married at 19, moved in with hubby and 9 yo stepson, been separated for 2 years but we are now friends how ironic lol

    Answer by toybar02 at 10:44 PM on May. 19, 2011

  • I didn't have any of that. I was 25 or so when I got my license. I had already had a job for years when I turned 16. And my mother doesn't celebrate birthdays. For my 16th birthday I worked a double shift at work. For my 18th birthday my mother was out of town and sent me to a baby sitter because she didn't think I could be home alone yet. I moved out a month later. When I turned 21 I worked and had a small party, but by then most of my "party days" were well over and I was done drinking. I got pregnant on my 22 birthday...

    Birthdays have never been anything more than another day for me. Nothing special.

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 12:10 AM on May. 20, 2011

  • @Rosehawk You sound like a strong woman to have gone through all of that. Sorry your transition into adulthood had so many stumbling blocks.

    Comment by AmourSpork (original poster) at 9:56 PM on May. 19, 2011

  • My first daughter at 21 (month before 22nd b-day), Married at 22. Second daughter at 25. Bought house at 23.

    Comment by AmourSpork (original poster) at 10:23 PM on May. 19, 2011