Dating both mother and daughter
Online dating recently sparked a family feud in Wuwei County, Anhui Province.
If your daughter comes to you for advice about getting married upon graduation, separate out what you say from your own concern about how good a stepson her boyfriend would be. Daughter Inherited Dad's Birthmark: Both my husband and our daughter were born with port-wine stains on their faces.Following tradition in the matrilineal Mandi tribe, mother and daughter had married the same man."I wanted to run away when I found out," says Orola, sitting in the sunbaked courtyard of her family home in north-central Bangladesh."I was shaking with disbelief." Orola's mother, Mittamoni, now 51, told her she must accept it.As a child in rural Bangladesh, Orola Dalbot, 30, liked growing up around her mother's second husband, Noten. "I hoped I'd find a husband like him." When she hit puberty, however, Orola learned the truth she least expected: She was already Noten's wife.Her father had died when she was small, and her mother had remarried. Her wedding had occurred when she was 3 years old, in a joint ceremony with her mother.When the officers came to break up the fight, it turned out that the brawlers were actually a mother and daughter.
Both had sustained varying degrees of facial injuries in the tussle, police said.
The tribe offered Noten, then 17, as Mittamoni's new husband, on the condition that he marry Orola, too.
"I was too small to remember the wedding—I had no idea it had taken place," Orola says.
Among the Mandi, a remote hill tribe in Bangladesh and India, widows who wish to remarry must choose a man from the same clan as their dead husband.
The only single males, however, are often much younger.
Being ordered by your mother to “Go to your closet and pray” is hopefully not a parenting technique of which too many of us have had first-hand experience.