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In Shocker, 23-Year-Old Man Is ‘Adult’

Hat tip to @PoliticalMath for finding this little gem on the NBC Olympics website:

David Wise is at the top of his sport. He’s always smiling among his friends and competitors, however, he’s not like the rest of the field. He is mature.

Not to say the rest of the freestyle skiers of halfpipe are not mature, but Wise is mature far beyond his years. At only twenty-three years old, he has a wife, Alexander, who was waiting patiently in the crowd, and together they have a two-year-old daughter waiting for them to return to their home in Reno, Nevada. 

At such a young age, Wise has the lifestyle of an adult. He wears a Baby Bjorn baby carrier around the house. He also attends church regularly and says he could see himself becoming a pastor a little later down the road.

“At such a young age, Wise has the lifestyle of an adult.” Well, he is an adult. He’s 23. At what point exactly did it become so surprising that a 23-year-old would have a wife and a two-year-old daughter and be regarded as an “adult”?

My father had a job when he was 16, and, by the time that he was 23, he was married and in the military. By the time that his father was 23, he had become a master carpenter and fought in the Second World War. That someone can write such sentences with a straight face does not bode well. Perhaps it’s time to raise the voting age?

Mark Hemingway also points me to the characterization of Wise as living an “alternative lifestyle” for being married with a child.

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