Kathleen Burns, I live in Dyersburg Tennessee. I work all the time, take care of my baby and the husband. Hang out with my buddies. That’s about it.
I met him about when I was like 13, 14. They lived next door to me and hung out with his family and his friend or his sisters and I don’t know we just kind of started becoming friends and I got attached to him.
I have probably a little crush. You know what I’m saying?
And he couldn’t never keep a girlfriend because they didn’t like me being around him. So one thing after another, after a few years we just kind of ended up together.
I got pregnant underage and that was kind of what had us go ahead and get married so I wouldn’t send him to jail.
A lot of people look down on him for it and stuff. That’s kind of why he didn’t want to do this at first.
You know but like I told him I don’t care what anybody thinks. I love them you know here’s what it is.
I mean we’re like any other married couple. We we’ve had our problems. I mean we split up.
I went and stayed with him for a little bit, but we just know we want to live with each other, we want to be with each other. You know what I mean?
So we worked through our problems. I couldn’t live without him.
My mom was against it. She was like, you know, ‘y’all shouldn’t have done it. You can take your consequences for it.’
Me and my mom ended up having a lot of problems, You Know. But she stuck by me through everything so I love that woman to death.
Head cook at Neil’s Barbecue. I just kind of stuck around you know, stayed unlike everybody else. And he just kept moving me up, giving me raises, so I stayed there.
I did not graduate after I had Zena, got hard for to get a babysitter and stuff . I needed money.
Candice got me the job. I just dropped out. And they kind of just let me slip through the cracks.
I made it to 11th grade. And I had one more year should have finished it out honestly.
I regret that every day. Eventually I’ll get my GED but grown-up life is really hard so you know.
Well before I married, honestly I was a kid, so there was really no bills. I don’t really miss nothing about it except just having to grow up and doing the adult thing.
Man it’s hard. huh it is hard but other than that I really miss nothing, you know? I’m fine with how everything turned out with me.
Zena my little girl. She is my pride and joy and I will do everything to take care of her and protect her.
So my mom always asked me if I would let her get with somebody older.
No I probably won’t, because you know we did have a lot of issues.
I mean, it put me through a lot mentally and physically and I would not let my daughter do that.
And probably marrying young. Yeah no it’d be no. Just cuz I know where I’m at right now from making them decisions.
I don’t know, I mean I should have waited, I truly believe that I should have waited, but things came up.
I should have waited on having the baby. You know because you really do need to be 18 in my opinion. You need to be grown-up, you need to have your childhood.
I lost all of my childhood. I do regret you know not finishing school.
Growing up way too fast you know that’s just stuff you shouldn’t do when you’re a kid honestly. I see that all now. I didn’t see it then though.
So and you can’t change.