Angel came up with this list recently and really, really wanted me to share it with you all, since I joke about my "older husband" semi-regularly. He has always thought that he got a really good deal out of the whole thing, but he wanted to talk about the specific pros and cons.
Here are what he says are the advantages:
1) Less or no baggage at all from previous relationships.
2) Your wife can be your automatic and convenient designated driver if you marry her before the age of 21.
3) She hasn't even hit her prime of beauty yet. No one says that teenagers are the most beautiful women--the teen years can be awkward, and I've heard that late 20s-30s are some of the prime years. Which means that my wife is just going to keep getting prettier post-wedding day.
4) You may be able to relate to and converse easier with her parents and aunts and uncles because you are closer in age to them and know and remember some of the same pop culture and historical references.
5) She is not expected to die of old age before you, so it's more likely you won't ever have to be without her, given average lifespans for men and women.
1) Your car insurance rates will jump when you add a 19 year old wife to your insurance.
2) You might have to pay for her education if she's still in school.
3) She might think 80s music sounds really weird because she wasn't alive back then.
4) She may not have a lot of experience with doing her own taxes so you'll have to teach her how.
5) She probably won't have a really good job with a ton of work experience and make lots of money in comparison to you if she is still in college or just out of college.
(Is it just me or was nearly every disadvantage on the list having to do with the fact that a young wife might be expensive?)